Our current art exhibit in Tull Hall is from the Zimbabwe Artists Project (ZAP) – “Making Human Connections Through Art”. ZAP is a non-profit organization created at the request of the Artists of rural Weya in eastern Zimbabwe. ZAP’s goal is to “foster self-respect and self-reliance through collaborative projects." Through education, sale of their art in the U.S., and special projects, ZAP helps the artists become economically self-sufficient. Women of Weya are subsistence farmers, mothers, and householders as well as artists. Most women live on their own, providing for their families. Some are widowed, others are single heads of households, since throughout Zimbabwe men leave the rural areas to seek work in cities.
ZAP has helped Weya artists create their own cooperative association, by assisting with constitution writing and the fundamentals of bookkeeping. These artists have used proceeds from their artwork to rebuild fragile houses, meet major medical emergencies, care for AIDS orphans, and enter teacher-training college. ZAP has completed a clean water project in Weya and is engaged with the people of Weya in responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis.
In 2008, Central hosted the ZAP art exhibit, and the Learning Committee purchased artwork for our children’s Sunday School Classrooms and for rooms on the Ground Level occupied by Central Outreach and Advocacy Center.
All artwork on display is for sale, and is sponsored by the Music & Liturgical Committee. For pricing please email Sandra McDonald or Dave VanderMeer.
For additional information please visit ZAP’s website.