Soul of Nations Foundation Confirms Partnership with the Institute of Museums of Rwanda
KIGALI, RWANDA — June 15, 2020
The Soul of Nations Foundation is pleased to be the Rwanda Museum of Art for the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project.
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.
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 Rwanda Art Museum is a member of the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR), a Rwandan government institution and a core stakeholder in promoting Rwandan Cultural tourism, with the aim of national economic development.
This project is in alignment with the museum’s role of education, all the while coinciding with the Rwanda Art Council’s Memorandum of Understanding and the Rwandan government’s policy of promoting the creative sector.
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Through this partnership, the Rwandan Art Museum has agreed to provide the following:
Exhibition space for program participants and staff during all phases of the proposed artist residency exchange and four-month exhibition period. The available space can also serve as a workspace for project coordinators and interns.
Convening space where an opening reception can be held on Friday, October 16th during the opening reception all involved artists and project administrators can have a chance to speak, reflect, and celebrate women in the arts.
Insight for obtaining necessary supplies, equipment, and coverage (photography/videography/press) needed for all project activities, and all other local policy procedures to ensure the Foundation’s successful transition and expansion in Rwanda.
The Rwanda Museum of Art will help the Soul of Nations Foundation achieve a proud breaking artistic initiative that connects Native American contemporary artists with Rwandan contemporary artists. Thus creating a stronger pathway for international artist engagement and artist career success.
Although the Soul of Nations Foundation staff remains optimistic for the success of all international programming, the health and safety of our program participants and team are top priorities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be necessary to postpone projected activities for the Green Architecture Project.
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 Soul of Nations Foundation has received a small grant from the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda for the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project. The Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project coincides with the U.S. Embassy Kigali Public Affairs Section’s program priority to promote inclusive country-led development.
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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