Monday, 9 December 2013
Scott Moody is a serial entrepreneur and has founded several media and technology-related companies over the past two decades. His current passion revolves around the intersection of digital media, emerging technologies, and nonprofit fundraising. He is participating in the Muungamo Kibao project as a student with a goal of learning from the artists, the staff, and the community of people who benefit from Pepo La Tumaini Jangwani. As an experienced photographer and videographer, he will "digitize" the collaborative arts project and team with Sarafina and Khadija to explore ways technology can be utilized to increase global awareness and support for their efforts going forward.
"Although technologies, such as the Internet, have increased awareness of and support for nonprofits -- especially in the arena of emergency response giving, we are just scratching the surface when it comes to ways an always-connected world can dramatically expand the giving landscape. The four primary hurdles to increasing nonprofit support throughout the world are discovery, choice, trust, and empathy. By exploring ways technology and media can enable one-to-one relationships between individuals and non-profits, we can strive to create a world where giving is commonplace and cross-cultural empathy no longer requires comparing the cost of saving a life to the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks."
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Pax Nindi is a master musician of African Roots Reggae and a renowned Global carnival expert. He is currently Creative Director for Europe’s only purpose built Carnival Centre (UK Centre for Carnival Arts). He is also the Vice President of the World Carnival Commission (Canada) & CEO and founder of the Global Carnival Centre. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and an international carnival consultant, Pax is a keen advocate for the artform and holds talks and lectures around the world.
" Due to my self exile, I haven't been back home for over a decade and being involved with a Kenyan project is like going back home and sharing my knowledge. It is an opportunity to assist and collaborate with Kenyan creative minds and the students in the school who mean a lot to me having been involved with them from a distance. Its exciting that some of the arts will end up being showcased as part of my UK event in March "Global Carnival Showcase" where Kenya will be featured among carnival giants from Brazil, Trinidad and Venice. What most people are not aware is the carnival culture started in Africa and am so excited that some of the artistic content of this project will be that art form and believe the best carnival shall come from Africa if we continue initiatives such as this one. I commend Kadija and Sarafina for continuing the challenging work they are doing in Tumaini in these hard times"
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Hanny Ahern is an interdisciplinary artist and designer from New York. Her design work is inspired by the venture into play as a means for finding design solutions. Her artwork is an investigation between disciplines both incongruous and patterned often blurring lines between disciplines and extending herself outside the comfort zone of materials and craft. Hanny is passionate about collaboration and implementing creative practices for cross disciplinary work. Joining the Muungamo Kibao project starts with a curiosity and willingness to dive in, engage, heal and build peace.
"I want to find out what happens when minds and hands from different cultures come together to discover there capacities for creating beauty, utility, narrative or celebration. The energy lies in not yet knowing what will be and I suspect we create something much greater than ourselves."
Joel Lukhovi, born and raised in Nairobi is a Kenyan photographer. As a self-taught photographer, with engineering background, Joel feels at home in his constant search for the unending patterns of life. Presently Joel's works oscillates between diverse mediums. He uses photography, literature and collaborative projects to address social issues. His work deals with liberation and identity. He maintains that without a visual identity we have no community, no support network and no movement. Another aspect of his practice is the ability to organise projects with artistic interventions to promote exchanges cutting across indigenous and the modern international platforms.
"I would like to participate in the project as part of my communal photography and collaborative projects that I so often engage myself in. I believe it is important as artists to work and interact on the same platform so as to expand our thinking and develop the manner in which stories can be told in a honest manner."
Lionel Richie Okeyo Garang is a young Kenyan artist, half Tanzanian with Kenyan and Sudanese roots. After secondary school Lionel started his artistic career by drawing graffiti on the p.s.v vehicles known as Matatus
around Nairobi. He then got an internship at the national museum of Kenya where he started
making sculptures fiber glass matt and resin. He now has a studio at Kuona art centre and practices painting and sculpture. Most of his sculptures (masks) are made using wood, metal, plastics and empty spray cans.
"I would like to work with the children of Pepo La Tumaini Jangwani and teach them about art. I am looking forward to collaborate, share, work and exchange ideas with the other international artists."