Friday, 14 May 2021
Thursday, 6 May 2021
SCARECROWS IN SOLIDARITY
ARROWSA- INDRA SAUKINDIA
Scarecrow project - Participatory research
Monday, 3 May 2021
ARROWSA and SRI Phone call to the world project building on South to North Climate Change project
ARROWSA and South Roots International continue on their drive to address our negative imprint on our environment. ARROWSA's school and community projects in collaboration with the Palmiet Nature Reserve and the Bergtheil Museum, Durban Local History Museums, have since before 2004 emphasised the education on the importance of our fauna and flaura. These programmes also reflect on how our present consumer plastic age has moved away from sustainable use of our fauna and flora as demonstrated by previous inhabitants of the Westville area.
The 2020 National Arts Council funded South to North Climate Change project that included ARROWSA and South Roots International in South Africa and Rochdale Indra and Gorsehill Studios in the UK resulted in greater awareness, particularly of the South African youth, on the positive role that they could play in nurturing our mother earth. That project has germinated into an invitation by Scottish Youth Theatre for all the partners plus other Indra hubs in Palestine and India to join in a British Council funded creative response to COP26 namely the Phone call to the world project.
ARROWSA and South Roots International youth have already honed their energy into this project partially thanks to National Arts Council funding. ARROWSA recorded not one but a number of versions of the emergency call script that Scottish Youth Theatre provided for the launch of the project on Earth Day. The isiZulu version appears on the projects website WWW.PHONECALLTOTHEWORLD.ORG if you go to the pin at Durban. South Roots International's creative response to the emergency script is available at the pin in Cape Town.
The ARROWSA Bechet and ARROWSA alumni who are with South Roots International met for a zoom meeting in the last week of April to catch up and start preparing the ground for the new chapter of their joint project that will make use of the arts for social change regarding the environment.
Mr Bheki Dlamini leads the ARROWSA Bechet group zoom catchup and looking forward with ARROWSA alumni now at South Roots International.
The ARROWSA Bechet alumni - now at South Roots International team are led by Noluthando Shandu in a zoom catchup and looking forward with ARROWSA Bechet.
As part of the project South Roots International team will be driving up the East Coast to Durban in the September/October holidays. During this trip they will visit communities and plant Portulacaria afra / Spekboom along the route. The South Roots team has already started propagating their spekboom for the trip. Also see www.arrowsa.org.za/projects/short-term All very exciting!
Thursday, 22 April 2021
Phone Call to the World project –
Happy Earth Day!! ARROWSA is thrilled to be part of this international project with South Roots International in South Africa and Indra hubs through out the world.
We are also excited include CCMS, UKZN, Palmiet Nature Reserve and Local History Museums as our non-arts partners in South Africa.
A collaborative project about creative action engaged with climate change issues.
@southrootsinternational @scottishyouththeatre @britishcouncil
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Watch this space for an exciting announcement tomorrow on Earth Day!
#TheClimateConnection #COP26 #TogetherForOurPlanet
Thursday, 15 April 2021
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Thursday, 1 April 2021
Monday, 29 March 2021
Catharsis, expression through the arts and gender-based violence
Nicole Sacco of South Roots International
(Partially funded by National Arts Council South Africa)
Catharsis - The term itself comes from the Greek katharsis meaning "purification" or "cleansing." (Cherry. 2021).
"what’s important in this process is catharsis that leads to some sort of restoration or renewal. What we want is to bring about some form of positive change to our lives."
We will have 5 breakout rooms (depending on number of participants). There are 5 characters: the victim, perpetrator, a family member, a neighbour and maybe a policeman or a doctor.
Each group will be assigned a character and then they will be writing a story for that character. I have questions prepared like:
-who is this?
- what is their background?
- what is their current situation? What happened?
- what is the solution in their mind?
In writing the story of the character, the idea is that participants tell a story/write from their personal experience.
Once the story is written, they will present in a creative way. Like a short drama, poem, etc.
(Everyone’s video off except those who are ‘on stage’.)
Cherry, K. 2021. The Role of Catharsis in Psychology. Dotdash. 17-03-2021, https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-catharsis-2794968.
The session ended with a breathing relaxation exercise and a discussion of what resources were available should participants need any counselling.
The impact of the role play was confirmed by some participants referring to this session as one of their highlights in the project as it made them think about the issues around gender-based violence from all perspectives.
Selby of South Roots International joins in the discussion from Namibia where he is working with a community.
Sunday, 28 March 2021
Tips for taking photos and videos with your phone
by Devin Carter ( www.devincarter.co.za )
Nicole Sacco and Shanette Martin
session on personality strengths
from South Roots International, Cape Flats, SA
Clifton Strength finder personality test
“A test to discover what you naturally do best and to learn how to develop your greatest strengths into talents”.
Strength - the ability to consistently produce a nearly perfect positive outcome in a specific task.
Knowledge - what you know.
Skill - developed ability to move through the fundamental steps of a task.
Talents - our natural abilities uniquely received at birth a natural way of thinking, feeling, behaving.
Your strength is a combination of knowledge, skill and talent.
A weakness in knowledge and skill can be managed with relative ease, but a gap in talent is more of a challenge.
There are zillions of talents, which means it is impossible to name them all. We therefore put these talents into themes.
Activator, Achiever, Arranger, Analytical, Adaptability
Command, Communication, Context, Connectedness, Competition, Consistency
Discipline, Developer, Deliberative
Ideation, Individualistic, Includer, Input, Intellection
Responsibility, relator, restorative
Self-Assurance, Significance, Strategic
Winning other over (WOO)
Shanette Martin then introduced a hypothetical situation for the participants to develop in role play. The team was at the beach and the driver had lost the keys to the bus between leaving the bus and settling on the beach. The participants were divided into zoom groups and each group role played how they would react under these circumstances. When the groups all returned into the main online room their reactions to the lost bus keys was analysed according to personality strengths. Shanette emphasised how important it was for their to be a mixture of people with different personality strengths to address the situation.
Sunday, 14 March 2021
The Power of Museums – United Kingdom
written by Luyanda Makoba-Hadebe, CCMS, UKZN
Natalie Crompton from Touchstones Rochdale (Indra) delivered a thought-provoking workshop that examined the power of a museum and how that can influence ideas of knowledge and culture. ARROWSA South to North arts, culture, and heritage for social change (SAUKINIDA) project transference skills workshop. Natalie is an Engagement Specialist working in both Heritage and Youth Theatre settings and a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Salford. The title for Natalie's workshop was: The Power of Museums,
A museum is a collection of objects or
items of significance that are identified as necessary. It plays an integral role in
preserving the history of society. Their exhibits tell us stories about "how
our nations, our communities, and our cultures came to be, and without them,
those stories could be forgotten”
Natalie’s workshop skilfully dug into why it is essential to understand that museum exhibits are not without their cultural and societal blind spots. The existence of a museum exhibit existence creates accepted knowledge. This leads to creating what is acceptable as being relevant and vital. Probing questions in the workshop were used to that showed how important the museum exhibition's curator is. The questions she asked were:
· Has a museum ever had an impact on you?
· Who decides what goes into the museum?
· What would you have in your museum?
Rianna of Gorsehill Studios and a participant engaging in the workshop
These questions then become who curates the exhibits and to whom these items are essential. When creating a museum exhibition, the curator makes decisions regarding which objects to choose for display. Natalie used a great analogy to show how important a curator is when she asked the group to curate a biscuit museum. This question's discussion led to everyone agreeing that they might leave out oatmeal biscuits as they do not like how they taste. This is the personal blind spot that can lead to a biscuit that could otherwise be particularly important not being included in the exhibition.
Ayanda of Bergtheil Museum, eThekwini Local History Museums shares her experience
The workshop concluded with showing why there is a need for diverse curators with a wider perspective will make sure decisions that are made about what is included as 'knowledge' on a topic are authentic and informed. There is a need to understand why and how to curate museums in the way that we do.
Saturday, 6 March 2021
The ARROWSA - INDRA, South to North and SAUKINDIA collaboration moved from scarecrows as literal artworks to considering them as metaphors for addressing social ills including gender based violence.
Hi everyone. For anyone who is new that is tuning in my name is Angela Del Fava and I come from a community in Durban South Africa called Sydenham. When I think of my community amidst it's beauty, I see gangsters, drug dealers, beggars, inequality and poverty. And so, in relation to our topic of gender-based violence and our scarecrow project, I decided to tell a different story about the men in my community. So, sit back, relax and enjoy.
Show cartoon drawings with music.
So moral of the story, the good you stand for, male or female, shines light and creates an impact. Not just for now but for generations to come. The backpack of my scarecrow is unity, identity and community development. I believe this is what my community needs right now. This is what my scarecrow believes in and that he chooses to carry with him.
Good day Indra family, my name is Jesse and I would like to share my scarecrow with you.
The scarecrow's name is 'the protector' and I use this name for the following reasons I will be mentioning. In my community there is a lot of garbage and litter around beautiful trees, flowers and reeds on the riverbank. In time, nature grows and in twine with the litter and they are now fused together because of the lack of stewardship of the people that is walking around it and not picking it up.
Now, my scarecrow protects not just the nature but man-made things to. See, in order to make glass you'll need sand to do so and in order to make paper you'll need trees to do so. In other words, they are all one in the same and the protector does show it that quite well as you can see here (showing parts of the scarecrow).
Gracia Nicholls and Nicole Sacco:
Scarecrow script - Brilliant Black Beauty
Both: This is Brilliant Black Beauty
Gracia: She is made up of old plastic, toilet rolls, come plants and old fabric.
Nicole: She represents every indigenous woman and every woman in South Africa and Africa.
Gracia: She also represents every woman who has risen up, embraces her identity and fights against the evils in society.
Nicole: She is redeemed, powerful, royalty, she is Brilliant Black Beauty. She is resilient, humble and she is radiant!
Selby Williams and Sue-Livia van Wyk
Presentation of who I am?
I think not it be necessary as you see. Authority and strength
Wisdom at length
Protecting to be what must be.
Protection for whom do I hold this fort? Birds that must fly, bees to draw nigh, but turn me around and it will be found This image of God cannot be bought.
Protectors who will stand - fathers, brothers, husbands’ friends without compromise.
Protection of why we were born - our purpose and destiny.
If we look at the reflection of ourselves or others and know that we are created in God’s image, we will not dare allow the violation of traﬃcking, violence or any other abuse.
Blue & White - UK but also peace and love
Practical reflectors, ribbons, cloak and a bell to shoo the birds.
SA Flag - Safety for all our people in our land