Thursday, 28 April 2016

Official announce that Mr. Odama Jacob will be in UCASDR Community on satday 30th April 2016

We are pleased to officially announce that Mr. Odama Jacob from makerere University specializing in Drawing will be in UCASDR Community Providing basic drawing skills for community development.  please stay tuned for details!!


Makerere University Lecturer, Dr Mpindi Ronald`s support to UCASDR through buying T-shirts

He is an Assistant lecturer, Department of Industrial Art and Design, school of industrial and fine art, CEDAT. I would like to also thank him for his constant advises on how to smoothly run the program.  He recently completed his Doctoral studies in studio-based practice.
UCASDR was registered in 2012 to provide basic practical skills for Entrepreneurship and works on a voluntary basis using Art and design as tools for social change, also working as a mobile Vocational program in order to provide equal opportunities to other communities away from it`s base providing skills for social change.
UCASDR is ready to take Art in all directions including, Justice, Health, Technology Development at the grass root level, innovation of environmental friendly ideas hence we teach people how to Fish not how to eat the Fish.
I would also want to thank the Principal College of Engineering Design Art and Technology (CEDAT) Prof Henry Arinaitwe, Deputy Principle CEDAT Dr Venny Nakazibwe for their continuous support.
Thanks to all UCASDR Advisory Team for the wonderful Job for the Development of the program.
I believe Art can change the society.
Tusiime Mathias
Program Director-UCASDR.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Art Therapy Using natural materials in Uganda and south sudan

 It was a pleasure I and Uganda Community Art Skill Development and Recycling(UCASDR) Team to be selected to work with the Group of people bellow share skills and experience
This workshop was done in Masindi  in the refugee camp
kindly see the document  below
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Peace-making through Art Workshops, Talks, Murals, and Shows in South Sudan and Uganda
Summer 2015

Project Report
Khalid Kodi
Project Report Summary
This summer I traveled to Kampala, Kiryndongo, Bweyale refugee camps in Uganda, and Juba in the Republic of South Sudan to conduct workshops designed to educate participants on the role of art in self-advocacy, peace-making, employment, and basic therapy. Close to 200 participants attended these workshops in total, and they included urban and rural refugees, es-tablished artists, and young students from different ethnic groups, regions, religions, and gen-ders. All had experienced the hardships of war and many suffered trauma. These workshops taught participants artistic skills, opened their eyes to career opportunities, caused them to re-flect on their past, present, and future, and encouraged them to collaborate and learn from ethnic groups unlike their own.
The workshops in Kampala focused on how refugees can apply artistic skills to different art dis-ciplines as well as careers in medicine, engineering, farming, and other commercial practices. It is especially important to educate refugees on how they can be in control of their financial lives because they do not have many resources for finding jobs and often depend on NGOs in all as-pects of their lives. The workshops also asked participants to use watercolor to make a self-portrait illustrating their past, present, and future. At the end of the three days, we hosted a show to display the works of the participants. We were also able to establish contacts with two artists from Makerere University (one of them also affiliated with UCASDR, a university in Uganda ) who assisted in the workshop. Both artists were willing to advise participants about further edu-cation after the cession of the workshops.
26 mid-level to established artists, from different ethnic groups, regions, religions, and genders, attended the workshops I conducted in Juba. The workshops developed their tech-niques, conceptual thinking, and cooperative skills. The technical and conceptual components were addressed through slide presentations, and the cooperative skills were instilled through a collaborative mural. The participants’ goals were to create a piece of work that recognized unity, harmony and cooperation, personal healing, and to work towards a mutual aesthetic value. Members of the workshop had to incorporate elements from another tribe into their work and learned to give each other articulate feedback and constructive criticism. This mural was re-vealed through a public opening, and was received well by visitors.
I also led workshops at the Banyodoli Secondary School in the Kiryndongo Refugee Set-tlement and the Godwin Elementary School. The Banyodoli workshop covered peace-building techniques focusing on the visual and environmental arts, and focused on using natural materials such as plants, rocks, water and sand as art materials. During the Godwin workshop, students learned problem-solving and collaboration skills by working together to braid a rope.
Along with the workshops, I gave talks for Kampala at the Makerere University and the Nommo National Gallery on the role of art in peace and community building, art and art thera-py, and my work on both. While in Juba, I met with the Minister of Culture, Antiquities, and Sports, and the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament. I discussed the importance of arts in nation building, and asked for their support for South Sudanese artists. I did 4 radio interviews, a TV interview, and three interviews for various newspapers. I met with USAID, and with faculty and students of Juba University to discuss curriculum. I also led a one-day workshop for an elemen-tary school that asked not to reveal any information about their students or location.
From June 24th to August 21, I traveled to Uganda – Kampala, Kiryndongo, Bweyale refu-gee camps in Uganda, and Juba in the Republic of South Sudan to conduct workshops designed to educate participants on the role of art in self-advocacy, peace-making, and basic therapy. In addi-tion, I engaged the community in art shows in order to display the positive relationship between community members and art. I hope going to art shows and viewing art will become a norm in these societies, as this will facilitate nation building and strengthen peace making affords.
This report will highlight the scope of work and opportunities for refugees to utilize art for overcoming future difficulties such as trauma and community development. The people I worked with in these workshops came from different ethnic groups, regions, religions, and genders; howev-er, all experienced the hardships of war and many suffered trauma. These art workshops compelled participants to collaborate to complete a project and support each other’s process. Furthermore, the workshops taught students how to express themselves through the language of art and effectively communicate their experiences to their viewers. The workshops also aimed to allow participants to apply the skills they have learned to job development.
Although my original plan was to travel to Kampala, Juba and the refugee camps in the bor-ders of South Sudan and Sudan to follow up with communities that I worked with last summer, I had to change some of these locations due to security restrictions at the time. I am pleased, however, that I was able to outreach to new communities and widen my perspective on community building. Despite this change, I was able to maintain communication with the people I worked with last sum-mer through email and the internet. I have also developed a few active websites to facilitate our communication and more to come. It is important to me that the effects of these workshops are long-term, and continue to benefit the community after they have ceased.
Workshops in Kampala (July 10th, 11th, and 12th)
The participants of the Ugandan workshops varied from urban refugees to those of traditional refu-gee settlements. The majority of the attendees were from Sudan and South Sudan; however, some were also from Somalia, the Republic of Congo, and Uganda. These participants were attracted to the unique way art fulfill their needs and curiosity for new language of expressions. I expected 20 people to attend but I received 72 attendees.
The workshops in Kampala addressed two themes: 1.) careers in the arts and 2.) developing a self portrait. The first theme allowed participants to think about the way art can take shape in their new urban communities and how they can utilize art to pursue their ambitions for the future. I developed this material as specifically as possible to the situation of refugees in Kampala. The second theme compelled partici-pants to reflect and present their past, present, and future using visual arts.
daily lives, but they would invest in their future lives.
The presentation showed examples of artists from around the world who work in different art disci-plines and successfully make a living. In addition, we explored how artistic talent could be applied to many professions such as medicine, engineers, farming, and other commercial practices.
The format of this unit was presented through a slide presentation. The presentation explored the fol-lowing topics:
What is art; why art?
What can I as a refugee do with art while I do not have enough food, clothing, running water, or even a home?
Can I make a living as an artist if I am a refugee?
What are the different disciplines in the art?
Gardening, advertisement, animation, interior design, architecture, photography, fashion design, hair styling etc…
Globalization and technology
Utilizing the internet
Issues of art in different art fields and how to communicate your talents in these fields
How art can be used for personal fulfillment and enjoyment of life
Kampala Career in the Arts Project Outcome:
The outcome of this unit was quite successful. The workshop opened people’s eyes to the different career possibilities. Many showed a strong interest and commitment to pursue a career in the arts. Many of the girls were excited about fashion design, and a few boys expressed interest in photography. Both were willing to explore animation, architecture, as well as graphic design and advertisement. The work-shop helped the students think in a future-oriented manner, and gave them more confidence to pursue their goals. They learned their artistic talent, interest, and knowledge can make them a decent living no matter what career they choose to go into. They were able to picture themselves as leaders in their own lives and in control of their financial future. Lastly, we made links with working artists in Kampala and Makerere University students who offered future support and education for the refugees.
Careers in the arts for refugees
The aim of this unit was to inspire participants and give them ideas about how to develop their artistic skills and eventually make a living. Refugees do not have many op-tions for finding jobs and often depend on NGOs in all as-pects of their lives. In general, they rely on the help of out-siders and are not in control of their lives. This workshop inspired talented refugees and gave them hope. It showed them they are worthy, and that they can use their skills and talents to make their situation better. Not only would they improve their daily lives, but they would invest in their
My self-portrait, my past, my present, and future
In this unit, I asked students to create a self-portrait that included elements of their past, present and future using watercolors. The works students illustrated were beautiful, expressive, inspiring, and reflective. Many of their experiences had to do with war and it’s impact. Their futures, however, were generally optimistic (paintings of houses, swings, flowers, schools, and lots of greens spaces).
At the end of the three days, we hosted a show to display the works of the participants. Two art-ists from Makerere University assisted in the workshop. One of them is a performer and writer and con-tributed to the workshop by addressing creative writing potentials with individuals with the interest. Both artists promised to give the participants access to tour Makerere University at a later date. It was wonderful we were able to establish contacts so that participants could have access to these resources after the workshops have ended.

Kampala Self Portrait Workshop Outcome:
Students were able to practice their artistic skills as well as create a comprehensive piece that communicated their identities and stories. They were able to display these images and learn from each other’s work as well as express solidarity towards each other. They created an event that engaged and delighted the community, which included people who had never been to an art show. Lastly, we were able to establish a rapport with the Makerere University so that students may continue practicing their skills after the workshop is over, and above all think about college and perhaps a career in the arts.
Talks in Kampala:
I also gave two relevant talks during my visit. The first was at Makerere University on June 26. This talk was organized by the Art Department of Makerere University. The second was at the Nommo National Gallery on August 20. This talk was organized by the Uganda Visual Artist and Designers As-sociation. The two talks shed light on the role of art in peace and community building as well as art and art therapy and my work on both. The talks also included some introduction to international art move-ments. Both ta