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An Evening with Zimbabwe Artists Project

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Join fellow World Affairs Council members and Young Professionals in learning how Zimbabwe Artists Project aims to “make human connections through art.” Founder Dick Adams will share stories from his most recent trip to Zimbabwe. This is an opportunity to hear his inspirational anecdotes about the women of Weya, and his organization’s efforts in supporting these women in rural Zimbabwe to become economically self-sufficient.

About Zimbabwe Artists Project: ZAP celebrates the artistry and accomplishments of women from rural Weya in eastern Zimbabwe. Through education, sale of their art in the U.S., and special projects, ZAP helps women become economically self-sufficient. Women of Weya are subsistence farmers, mothers, and householders as well as artists. Most women live on their own, providing for families. Some are widowed, others are single heads of households, since throughout Zimbabwe men leave the rural areas to seek work in cities. Women’s income from agriculture is unpredictable and limited. Sales of their art helps women afford food, clothing, school fees, medicines, transport, seeds and fertilizer. Since the market for Weya art in Zimbabwe is extremely limited, sales in the U.S. are critical. ZAP pays much more than any other buyer, delivering cash at the time of purchase, and provides health care to the artists.

About Dick Adams: Dick was a professor of sociology at Lewis and Clark College for 24 years. He retired early in 2000 to give his full attention to being Executive Director of Zimbabwe Artists Project, which he founded in 1998 at the request of the Weya artists. He spends at least 6 weeks a year in Zimbabwe, staying connected with the artists and his full-time Zimbabwean counterpart. Succeeding Dick this summer as Executive Director of ZAP will be the Council’s own Theresa Burks!

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