Africa4Her Arts Initiative Empowering Women Through Arts


#Africa4Her is intended for YALINetwork members to give back to the community, working with girls and women to mobilize talents in the community and improve the lives of all Africans. What more can you do to benefit the women in your community and the continent of Africa?  Find the connections and partnerships that are waiting across the continent.  Share ideas – and listen to ideas – and most of all, act together with your #Africa4Her colleagues, your YALI Network partners in other African countries, to make women and girls’ lives better.
These are the words that carried Kunle Adewale, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow and a #YaliCreatives who organized Africa4Her Art Initiative to empower over 100 girls between ages 6-35 in Nigeria. Through his 8 weeks art workshop the girls and young women had professional engagement in drawing, painting, poetry, creative writing, story-telling, photography, animation and graphic designs.

 

Through his organization Tender Arts Nigeria and the support of US Department of State, US Consulate Lagos Nigeria and Terrakulture Art Gallery, He was able to put up an art exhibition of 115 artworks done by 56 girls between ages 6 and 25. Kunle Adewale is providing professional opportunities for girls in a male dominated field.  Africa4Her Art exhibition is intended to inspire more girls and women to step out every limitation to engage in learning and leadership opportunities through the arts. In three years, over 2,000 girls have benefitted in Kunle’s Talent development and art therapy programs in Africa.

 

There is good evidence that participation in creative activities like drawing, paintings, photography, animation, graphic design, Spoken Word Poetry and other art engagement can help break-down gender stereotypes, improve girls’ and women’s self-esteem and contribute to the development of leadership skills. Through his organization Tender Arts Nigeria and the support of US Department of State, US Consulate Lagos Nigeria and Terrakulture Art Gallery, He was able to put up an art exhibition of 115 artworks done by 56 girls between ages 6 and 25 and in three years, over 2,000 girls have benefitted in Kunle’s Talent development and art therapy programs in Africa

 

Click Here is a link to a video about Tender Arts Nigeria and here are some of the pictures from the Africa4Her Art Initiative.

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