HeART Cultural Centres
To see what has been happening with this project in 2012, click here.
Our objective is to develop a creative cultural centre in Sierra Leone where education and cultural understanding meet through the medium of art, bringing the children and the community together and inspiring them to dream.
AWF CHILDREN AND EDUCATION PROJECT
The building will consist of eight spacious areas, in the centre there will be a pavilion where performances (dance, theatre, and music) can take place. Each space has its own function and equipment.
There are eight spaces:
1. HeART for Dance
2. HeART for Theatre
3. HeART for Arts & Crafts
4. HeART for Women
5. HeART for Music
6. HeART for Film & Photography
7. HeART for Culture
8. HeART for Relaxation
In our project we spent a lot of time on the idea of enriching the children's cultural knowledge BUT it's also a process of cultural exchange. Our aim is to get the children and the community to teach us everything about their own culture as well. Through this idea western people can come visit our centre to enrich their cultural and social ideas of Africa. Another aspect of this exchange is that we will be helping locals to build the centre and once it is built we will employ them to run it.
We offer different programs to the children:
1) DANCE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
We will offer the children a new type of dance (ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, salsa and jazz) every 2/3 weeks. We will introduce all these styles to them so that they can explore and figure out whatever style suits them the best. In this class entertainment, orientation and education come together.
Zumba Fitness Class
Zumba is a new type of movement where dance and fitness meet. The classes are energetic. It's a type of dance where people can really bond with each other through singing, dancing and having fun.
Musical Understanding and Drama Class
In these classes we will concentrate on the function of music. Music and emotion are closely connected and that's the image that we like to transfer to the children in this class.
Choreography and Improvisation Class
In this class different cultures will meet. The children are free to come up with their own movements and choreographies. Dance games are a big part of this class and of their development. This is the place where they can show their creativity and explore their dancing skills.
2) THEATRE PROGRAM
Theatre History Class
We will introduce a basic theatre history to children through stories, illustrations, videos, plays.
Stage Movement Class
In this class children will be taught how to feel the atmosphere on stage, control the space and clarify the movement.
One of the main tools of an actor is the voice. Therefore this workshop will teach the children how to use their voice on stage.
This lesson contains improvisation, practising learnt techniques and playing with the concept of performance.
Because people speak a lot of different languages in Sierra Leone, it is useful to make theatre more visual and therefore understandable to a vast majority of audience. Acrobatic class will provide skills required for visual performances.
3) MUSICAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
This class is of high importance in respect of helping children to become world wise, and to introduce to them various styles of music. This time slot is also dedicated to musical exchange when locals teach us about their own culture and traditions of music.
Voice is a very important tool in (self) expression. We will teach children how to reach their potential using it. In this workshop we think it's important for children to interact and communicate through singing together.
The children will be taught how to play various musical instruments, from flutes to saxophones, from guitar to drums. This class is all about the creation of passion for rhythm and sound.
4) ARTS AND CRAFTS PROGRAM
We will introduce art history basics to the children by using stories, illustrations, and videos.
In this class we will teach the children about the art of painting. It's important that the children realize that they can make paintings of their own and we would like to display these paintings in the centre.
There are many different forms of crafts and the children will be informed about all these forms. They will work together to create theatre and dance material resources.
In this class we will teach the children about the art of drawing, for them it's a way to show their creativity and talents.
5) PHOTOGRAPHY- & FILMMAKING PROGRAM
This class is about learning the ins and outs of the camera, working towards a project of their own and developing the pictures together.
In this class children will learn about the different genres and styles of film and how to create a structure of film of their own.
Here's an example of what a day in the HeART Centre could look like for a child:
To realise all this we need an equipment list:
KRKS monitoring speakers (4) 150x4=600 euro
Music mixer. Behringer (2) 100x2=200 euro
Lighting console 400x1=400 euro
B) ARTS AND CRAFTS
Easel (20) 15x20=300 euro
Interactive white board + material
C) WOMEN CENTRE / RECREATION SPACE / CULTURE SPACE
School material: books, pencils, pens
D) FILMMAKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY SPACE
DSLR. Canon 5D (2) 1600x2=3200 euro
Lenses for filmmaking (2) 2100x2=4200 euro
Microphone. Rode (2) 100x2=200 euro
Boom pole. Rode (2) 200x2=400 euro
Tripod. Manfrotto (4) 200x4=800 euro
Headphones (2) 30x2=60 euro
Reflector (4) 12x4=48 euro
ND (neutral density) filters (3) 40x3=120 euro
iMacs (3) 1000x3=3000 euro
DSLR. Canon 550D (2) 500x2=1000 euro
Lenses for photography (2) 110x2=220 euro
KRKS monitoring speakers (2) 150x2=300 euro
Keyboard (1) 100x1=100 euro
Music mixer (1) 100x1=100 euro
Microphone. Cardioid (1) 100x1=100 euro
Headphones (2) 60x2=120 euro
Acoustic electric guitar (2)
Electric guitar (2)
Bass guitar (2)
Drums set (1)
Building/office security (8)
Emergency first aid kit (5)
Lighting (every room)
Fans/ventilators (every room)
The last thing we're concentrating on is the funding. Our target budget is €25.000. We have a few funding ideas. The first one is getting a celebrity(s) sponsor involved in our project. The second one is organizing dance programs, we want to create a theatre show that's dedicated to the project and a Zumba-marathon. We would also like to approach foundations, such as The Giving Back Fund. Finally we'd like to promote the work of local artists.
Here's a list of potential sponsors: