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Request your professional and material support

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yolanda r. brown (imaniyo)
Mon, 26 Jul 1999 10:20:35 EDT


Hello Fellow Artsednetters:

I have recently completed a six week tour of Ghana, West Africa. I traveled
and studied in Ghana, looking at the beautiful terrain, people and arts of
Ghana. I concentrated my studies on the following: art education delivery;
contemporary art of Ghana; Adinkra and Kente cloth; and traditional and
contemporary ceramics...WHEEWWWW!!!!!!!!

Having said all that I wish to share with you all some very disturbing news.
The state of art education in Ghana, well at least the places I visited
can easily parallel and surpass the most underfunded, understaffed art
programs in this countries urban and rural schools. The arts education
programs I observed are suffering from lack of materials, and resources that
even the poorest school may pass off as unusable. The teachers may have a
10-15, even 20 year old text book to work from. The students at both the
secondary and university level rarely have a copy of the required text. The
students photocopy the teachers text. The budgets for the secondary schools
for a year is around $400. U.S. dollars for say 800-1,000 students. Many
students have to buy their own art materials, and/or text because the
schools do not have the funds to purchase them. The average salary for a
art teacher in the secondary schools is about $150. U.S. dollars a month.
The physical plant is simple and older than most environs that we work in.

There is so much more that I could say, but I will stop here. I hope that I
have drawn a clear picture of the challenges that face the students and art
educators in Ghana. I have realized even more that I am blessed, even as I
sit in graduate school, raising a teenager, living off $800. a month in an
expensive college town. I would like to request that we as art educators,
advocates, administrators, art material,etc. support these folks with small
or large gifts of materials and resources. I know that many of us get new
equipment or materials to replace items that are not useless, but older. we
could pass the older, operable, useful items on to these folks. I am not
sure at this juncture how we can get things to Ghana in mass quantities,but
we are ingenius Americans and Artists...the rest is gravy form here. I am
also interested not just in giving things to the schools, but creating
partnerships and colleagueship with the art educators and students there.
Please see a list of items needed and the places they are needed. Thank you
in advance for anything you can do to support these programs.

Achimota School
M.J. Lellatom, Chair of Art Department
Senoir Secondary School
P.O. Box AH 11
Achimota, Accra
Ghana, West Africa

* Relevant art education textbooks and periodicals
A few titles requested:

The Hand Decoration of Fabrics Batik, Stenciling, Silkscreen, Block Printing
and Tie Dyeing (1959) Francis J. Kafka

Batik & Tye-Dye techniques Nancy Belter

The complete bool of rug hooking Joan Moshimer

Paper Crafts projects with one piece of paper Michael Grater

American Indian Cut and Use Stencils Ed Sibbett

Border Design & Use of Stencils Ed Sibbett

Floral Cuts & Use of Stencils Ed Sibbett

The Artists and Craftsmans Guide to reducing , enlarging and transferring
designs Ruth Weiss

Charm of Color Quincy

Craftsmans Instruction Handbook Tony Pansi NY: Educational Materials,
Inc.

* Sketchbooks
* Color Wheel
* Pastel Paper
* Watercolour paper
* Colored construction paper
* Acrylic paint
* Adhesives
* Glue of all kinds
* Brushes
* Spray guns
* Linoleum tiles
* Lino tools
* Inking trays
* Marbaling kit
* Drawing mannequins
* Pencil sharpeners
* Calligraphy pens/kits
* India ink
* Pencils-graphite and colored
* Pastels
* Charcoal
* Looms
* Electric kiln
* Gas kiln
* Potters wheels
* Paper cutters
* Mat cutters
* Canvas
* Carving tools-wood/stone
* Portfolios
* Easels
* Masking tape
* Stencils -lettering for signs, etc.
* Pyrography (pokerwork) tools
* Plasticine
* Beads
* Tjanting
* Fabric dyes
* Leather
* Leatherwork tools
* Beeswax
* Double boiler pots
* Drawing inks
* Paraffin
* Decora Fabric Paint sets
* Silkscreen materials
* Staple guns
* Silk
* Pressure adhesive tape
* Lacquer film and adhering liquid
* Gloves (plastic)
* Caustic soda (hydrosulphite,hydosulphide)
* Staples for staple guns

Technology Secondary School
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
P.O.Box 26
Kumasi, Ghana (West Africa)
Attn: Mr. Larbi, Art Instructor

* Relevant art education textbooks and periodicals
Sketchbooks
* Color Wheel
* Pastel Paper
* Watercolour paper
* Colored construction paper
* Acrylic paint
* Adhesives
* Glue of all kinds
* Brushes
* Spray guns
* Linoleum tiles
* Lino tools
* Inking trays
* Marbaling kit
* Drawing mannequins
* Pencil sharpeners
* Calligraphy pens/kits
* India ink
* Pencils-graphite and colored
* Pastels
* Charcoal
Masking tape
* Stencils -lettering for signs, etc.
* Pyrography (pokerwork) tools
* Plasticine
* Beads
* Tjanting
* Fabric dyes
* Leather
* Leatherwork tools
* Beeswax
* Double boiler pots
* Drawing inks
* Paraffin
* Decora Fabric Paint sets
* Silkscreen materials
* Staple guns

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