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Review for Art Aids Art, Altadena, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I love the work that Art Aids Art does! I have been working with them for a couple of years on various projects including starting the first university chapter, organizing bead sales, workshops and documentary screenings. I also worked on several projects with them in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa. We did a Persona Doll Project, which documented women's stories through their own perceptive and also through the perspective of dolls that they made up. We also got to help set up eKhaya eKasi, the community center that Art Aids Art built in Khayelitsha. We worked on typing up translations of English books into Xhosa to help with early childhood literacy, and recorded the readings to show to children at the center. We worked on setting up email addresses with some of the community members who will run eKhaya eKasi and facilitated internet and computer workshops.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting to see the community center that we had helped fund raise to build, and getting to meet some of the women and children who would use it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to learn about a culture outside of mine and work directly in a process that facilitates women empowering themselves through arts-based education and sustainable economic development.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING, dedicated, intelligent and proactive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand, both in working with more communities and get to start new projects to deepen the commitment to self-empowerment that is in place at eKhaya eKasi.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I started the first university chapter and organized workshops, bead sales and docuentary screenings.