Soul of Nations Foundation Holds First In-Person Orientation with Rwandan Participants
KIGALI, RWANDA — July 17, 2020
Rwandan participants from the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project had the opportunity to engage in the first in-person orientation for the Green Architecture Project followed by a series of meetings/convenings for program development. At the orientation, all participants met each other for the first time, received welcome packets and surveys, took individual and group photos, and met some of our local project partners from the Rwandan Art Museum and MASS Design Group.
All images and videos were shot by Climax Visual.
During the Zoom call, both U.S. and Rwandan participants introduced themselves and participated in an icebreaker where every participant was asked to bring an object that reminds them of the concept of Participants also met Soul of Nations Foundation project coordinator, Ernest Hill; U.S. Embassy Kigali representative, Claudine Neshimwe; and the project’s lead artist mentor, Nanibah Chacon.
The Rwanda Art Museum is the country’s only institution dedicated to contemporary art. Formerly the Presidential Palace Museum, this new museum displays contemporary artworks from Rwanda as well as abroad. The museum seeks to provide an insight into the originality of Rwandan creativity. Exploring the development of art from olden times to the modern-day, it considers how traditional and modern imaginations can blend and fuse. The museum director, Vivaldi Ngenzi, and curatorial staff are committed to program partners for the Green Architecture Project.
According to aesthetic and practical architectural standards of urban society, traditional housing structures of Native American nations, in the southwestern region of the United States of America, utilize similar construction techniques of the Rwandese when analyzing wigwam nomadic housing structures from the Pueblos alongside the East African daub housing structures.
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