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Free art classes for aspiring artists & the unemployed in Ekurhuleni
Source: The Good News
Source Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Sep 15, 2010

It has also provided a valuable support base for individuals whose schools do not offer art as a subject but are interested in pursuing a visual arts career. Spokesperson of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Zweli Dlamini says, “This programme is aimed at empowering learners, students and out-of-work youth to make something out of their skill and interest, by fine tuning their ability and teaching them how to make a business of it”. 

Aspiring amateur, aspiring artists and scholars aged between 13 and 35 years are invited to join the Art Development School. September is registration month and those interested in taking their art to the next level are encouraged to apply. The school runs from September to May, with approximately 17 day classes taking place all over the metro per week. The only requirement is that you need to be passionate about art.

Classes are held at the Springs and Bakerton community halls, Kwa-Thema Library and Rhoo Hlatswayo Art Centre in Daveyton. On the Southern side of Ekurhuleni they are at the Katlehong Art Centre and Reiger Park and H.Dumani community halls. In the North, classes are at the Tembisa West Library, Oakmoore Community Centre, Tembisa Multipurpose Centre and the Phomolong Youth Centre. There are also six “Art as Healing” classes per week at places of safety, special needs schools and at Correctional Service Institutions. All the classes are offered free of charge by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.

“High school learners who intend on embarking on graphic design or fine art studies at tertiary level can utilise this opportunity to compile their portfolio which will be needed for applications at institutions of higher learning”, Dlamini adds.

Artists who are interested in joining should contact project co-ordinators Sonja Sanders and Lephina Hlangu on 011 999 8821 and 072 292 2015 respectively.


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