I am very excited that two of the very best art educators will be leading projects with me in Uganda in November! I met Amanda Batson and Rebecca Schaefer in 2008 when they jumped in full force, assisting me with a Talking Mural Exchange and Art Workshops for the first part of this project to promote bark cloth - thus earning their nickname.
They are teaming up yet again to recreate these art programs for the community in Masaka Uganda.
Just a little more info about these two:
Amanda is currently pursuing her thesis at the University of Texas at Austin in Art Education. She will conduct part of her thesis during this trip; looking at the effectiveness of these types of art programs and cross cultural exchanges, such as the mural exchange.
Rebecca is art teacher extraordinaire at Rasor Elementary School in Plano, Texas. She is taking leave of her teaching duties for 2 weeks to travel to Uganda to lead the Talking Mural Exchange. This week, she began working with her students to create the first part of this project - a mural on canvas that is to be sent to Uganda for the exchange (more details to follow).