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A Call to Visual Artists by Feb. 21 2014: Beautiful Delivery – Making Pumwani Hospital a place of Healing & Joy
A Call to Visual Artists to give to a coming generation of Kenyans
Beautiful Delivery – Making Pumwani Hospital a place of Healing and Joy Project
Deadline is February 21, 2014.
Pumwani Hospital is an Obstetric and Referral Hospital for delivery of expectant mothers in Nairobi, and adjoining districts. Pumwani also caters to HIV+ mothers through its PMTCT program. Daily normal deliveries are 50 – 100, and Cesarean Sections are 10 – 15. It is the largest maternity hospital in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Artwork in hospitals can serve as a positive distraction for what the patient is experiencing. It is the ultimate way to demonstrate the healing power of art and its utility beyond aesthetics.
In 2004, a clinical study* showed that placing original artworks within the healthcare environment had the following benefits:
- Reduction in levels of anxiety, stress and depression
- Reduction in patients’ length of stay within the hospital
- Reduction in the use of some medications
- Increase in staff morale
Pumwani’s hospital walls are stark and drab, with images from posters of dying and deformed babies, mostly information NGOs that still practice shock advertisement to push mothers to bring children for immunization etc.
The walls at the Antenatal Clinic were recently repainted by Google. The new walls remain empty and for the women who bring the children there, the clinic is dreary and uninspiring.
The garden where relatives of women in labour (often husbands) and mothers-to-be await the arrival of their babies, is also devoid of any benches or works to both heal and inspire.
The mothers who attend the PMTCT program come with young children who have nowhere to play.
It is not right that only hospitals that have a budget to commission artists should access art. Four artists from Kuona Trust have come together to create scultpures for the garden, a stained glass window panel, a see-saw for the children and art pieces for the antenatal clinic.
There are still alot more opportunities to push the healing properties of art within this public space – to a population that might not otherwise have access to contemporary art.
Where do you come in
Do you have any art pieces that you would like to donate to Pumwani Hospital?
All the artwork must be for the benefit of the community; images that inspire and uplift – around the themes of both or one of the following: giving life through birth children
Deadline is February 21, 2014.
If you are interested and would like to participate in this loving gesture, please contact Wambui Kamiru at: email@example.com
Opportunity/Call for Applications: Film Critic & Journalism Workshop, by Feb. 9 2014 for Mar. 31 to Apr. 11 2014
The producers of the ONE FINE DAY FILM Workshops (NAIROBI HALF LIFE, SOMETHING NECESSARY, SOUL BOY) will be running a Film Critic workshop in Nairobi.
NB: Applications close on February 9, 2014
The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya invites new applications for cello and percussion players from young musicians aged 14 to 23. The preferred candidates must demonstrate commitment to ensemble music and leadership potential. Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 17th June 2013. Selected Applicants may be called to audition at Peponi House Preparatory School(Farasi Lane, Off Lower Kabete Rd) in Nairobi on 22nd June 2013 and may be admitted to KNYO on a trial basis in the next training course (8th to 14th July 2013). Previous applicants are allowed to re-apply if they had previously applied and auditioned before December 2012. Full details and application forms are available from firstname.lastname@example.org and from email@example.com. Tel: +254 728814703/ 722570111
PAWA254 is looking for writers and/or photographers based in any of the following areas in Kenya for a one month contract project which we hope will cover the elections:
Nairobi, Kisumu, Machakos, Naivasha, Nakuru, Kericho, Eldoret, Mombasa, Narok, Tana River, Kajiado, Baringo, Wajir, Isiolo, Garissa, Marsabit, Lamu, Siaya, Nyamira, Othaya, Muranga, Thika, Kakamega, Machakos…
The project is meant to start IMMEDIATELY, so if you’re interested in applying (or know someone who is), kindly drop Pawa 254 an email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
- a brief profile about yourself
- portfolio of your work (either 4 photographs or 2 pieces of your work)
- an outline of where you are, or can be, based in the locations mentioned above
Kindly share this information with anyone else you think might be interested in this unique opportunity.
Selection period has passed
OneBeat is open to musicians ages 19-35, who demonstrate both an advanced proficiency in their musical work, an interest in cross-genre collaboration, and experience with or interest in developing strategies to use music as a way to improve their communities. If you are an adventurous, socially-committed young musician looking for a chance to collaborate with other like-minded musicians from around the world, please consider applying!
Program Overview: September 9 – October 6, 2013
OneBeat is an international cultural exchange that celebrates the transformative power of the arts through the creation of original, inventive music, and people-to-people diplomacy. In the fall of 2013, approximately 25 musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world will come together in the U.S. for four weeks to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities.
OneBeat 2013 will take place from September 9 to October 6, and is divided into two segments, a residency and a tour. During the residency, OneBeat Fellows will spend two weeks at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in central Florida, immersed in a process of collaborative music creation and experimentation. During the two-week tour, OneBeat ensembles will collaborate with local musicians to give public performances and lead workshops with youth and community groups. OneBeat Fellows will also work with a diverse group of expert Collaborating Artists— including luminaries of classical music, hip-hop, jazz and more—to develop and deepen the scope of their collaborative work.
OneBeat is open to musicians ages 19-35, who demonstrate both an advanced proficiency in their musical work, an interest in cross-genre collaboration, and experience with or interest in developing strategies to use music as a way to improve their communities.
In this second year of the program, applications are open to musicians who are both residents and citizens of the following countries:
Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burma, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Egypt, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam.
Important Information for Applicants
We are glad that you are interested in applying to be a 2013 OneBeat Fellow! To prepare for the 2013 application potential applicants should plan to write about their musical background and interests as well as future projects and goals. Potential applicants will submit 3-5 solo and collaborative samples of their work (both audio and video are accepted).
Here are a few important things to know when applying for OneBeat:
1) Musicians from all musical backgrounds are welcome. Musicians from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with or without formal musical training, from all genres, including but not limited to: hip hop, traditional, experimental, electronic, jazz, classical, sound design, beat-making, multimedia art, or any combination of these styles. In additional to full-time professional musicians, we also invite adventurous musicians who double as community organizers, instrument builders, writers, videographers, musicologists, educators, storytellers, dancers, shadow-puppeteers, and more.
2) Collaboration is central. OneBeat offers musicians the opportunity to collaborate on new projects, and to explore new musical traditions. Rather than simply showcasing solo talent, OneBeat is meant for musicians to work together across across stylistic and cultural divides in the pursuit of new musical possibilities.
3) OneBeat is socially engaged. We are particularly looking for musicians who have a strong commitment to their communities and who are seeking new ways to engage in youth development, music education, music therapy, conflict resolution, and other musical ways of working towards more egalitarian and democratic societies.
4) OneBeat is a FREE program! (but not a paying gig) OneBeat is a free fellowship program, with all Fellows’ travel, transportation, food, and lodging costs covered. We also offer Fellows a modest stipend, as well as a per diem to cover food and other expenses while on tour. While we are not able to pay Fellows performance fees, OneBeat will offer Fellows a lot of visibility, as well as the chance to create new material, establish lifelong musical partnerships, learn new marketable skills, and develop professional connections.
1. Musical Excellence – A high level of performance, composition, improvisational, production and/or technological skill. Ideally OneBeat musicians will be innovating either stylistically, lyrically, or technologically within their musical worlds.
2. Collaboration — Applicants’ willingness to cross cultural and musical divides in creating original music, or re-interpreting traditional music, while respecting the essence of each tradition.
3. Social Engagement – Musicians who have used music to serve their communities or greater societies. This might consist of starting a music school, promoting peace and democracy through musical content, reviving dying musical traditions, and more.
4. English Proficiency – Applicants should be able to converse in basic English, as it will be the common language of all OneBeat Fellows. Interpreters will be provided during the first and last days of the program if necessary.
5. Internet Proficiency – When possible, OneBeat Fellows should actively use email and be able to connect to the internet to participate in OneBeat website-based activities.
OneBeatSM is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and produced by Bang on A Can’s Found Sound Nation.
Full info available here: http://www.1beat.org/2013apply/