The vision is to encourage and promote the use of arts as a valued form of expression. We believe in the importance of boosting the creative arts within Education. Arts can be a very useful catalyst for cultural exchange and the empowerment & engagement of young people.
The mission is to expose young people from the Western world (especially in schools) to a variety of Ugandan art, via workshops, discussions, short films, performances, and exhibitions. The support we get from these schools is used for outreaches in underdeveloped communities in Uganda. The outreaches will help young people to explore their creative skills, will connect and give them an insight of the Western youth (through digital media like videos etc.) and most of all they will have a lot of fun. So with this initiative, the young people from the Western world are playing part in the social change of their disadvantaged age mates in Uganda.
Another part of the aim is to set up an Arts 2 Hearts Open Space, a big creative space where artists have the opportunity to come together and practice and develop their creative skills. The idea is to create a big dance studio, visual arts room & exhibition area that can also be used as a meeting place for discussions, workshops etc. It will be a public space, free for creative artists and young kids, who seek for a place to explore their talent. The space will function as a big network for the exchange of opportunities and experiences across all different kind of borders.
On all the different areas, the Arts 2 Hearts project results into personal development, de-campaigning of inequality and segregation through general inclusion. It builds teamwork and connection between the young people from the Western and the Ugandan world. With creative art, we promote the development of self-awareness and tolerance for being different. We aim to break barriers & stereotypes and to learn and share on skill level and culture. In the past years, Arts 2 Hearts organization has annually visited schools, working with an average of 1200 young people per month.
Member of the school management at the Gesamtschule Oelde- sports, math and religion teacher, certified orthopedic ( at Fachschule Gymnastik und Bewegungstherapie, DORTMUND, class teacher of an inclusive study group.
-The leader of different projects in the inclusive context and leading the sports assistant educational program for students in year 8 at the Realschule Oelde and Gesamtschule Oelde.
Management consulting Health & Public service. At Accenture the Netherlands. Co-operate partner at VSO Uganda January 2016 until December 2016. Holds a Masters in Public management- Utrecht University school of Governance, bachelor in public Administration & Organisation science-VU University.
Special education teacher- works and develops an inclusion concept for joint education at the Overbergschule Oelde, Certified orthopaedic ( at Fachschule Gymnastik und Bewegungstherapie, Dortmund, Advisor in school sports ( district government Münster) AND works as dance pedagogue in the educational and extracurricular context.
Joel Balimanya is a well-established Ugandan visual artist born in 1983 in Kampala. He has been a professional artist since 2009, after accomplishing his diploma in Ceramics at Kyambogo University. He has exhibited his works at numerous festivals.
Director A2H, Social entrepreneur & performing Artist, Dancer & Choreographer with Tabu Flo dance company and Kuenda Productions. Committee member of Batalo East Dance festival and Founding member of Breakdance Project Uganda.
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Teacher Elfriede Koenen-Sliwka from Ennigerloh shared a story about Emin a refugee from middle East. The young boy had troubles embedding into the Germany culture and society. Just like most of the refugees, he didn’t know the language and communication problems made it even harder for him to blend in. However, during the Afrika project by arts 2 hearts in 2014, he got a chance to encounter The drum during Joel Balimaya’s class ( arts 2 hearts mentor). Immediately, this was the ice breaking moment for him, a chance to connect with other kids and school in general. the teachers noticed his enthusiasm with the drum and therefore always used it as a tool to engage with him. Teacher Elfriede continues to say that there is great positive energy from the project and everyone is affected differently but definitely no one remains untouched. Arts are a Universal language and they work greatly as a weapon for bridging gaps. Unfortunately; little Emin was one day dropped off at the airport with his family in order to return to his home country. Teachers & students were sad because he wasn’t even given chance to say bye… However, the project still remains as one of his unforgettable experience in Germany.
The practice and the formative brought the children together and they had a lot of fun”
“This was a very successful Week, one child said to me: this was the best day of my life”
“A great creative & artistic day in a child’s life can change their entire perspective on”
“The students and teachers are bubbling from the energy and for everyone it is a positive variety. It supports the community and creates the opportunity for new impulses and to integrate practice elements. “