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Soul of Nations Foundation Receives $24,500 Award from the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda

KIGALI, RWANDA — January 7, 2020
The Soul of Nations Foundation has received a 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. The project also falls in alignment with the U.S. Embassy Kigali Public Affairs Section’s mission to support artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions, cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs, professional and academic exchanges and programs, and to promote opportunities for vulnerable populations including, girls and women. 
The United States and the Republic of Rwanda enjoy a partnership that began in 1962, just after Rwandan independence. This Rwandan-American partnership is deeply rooted in the shared ideals of our two countries. The U.S. Embassy in Kigali works together with the Republic of Rwanda to strengthen the bilateral partnership by advancing the key goals of regional stability, shared economic prosperity, and expanding democracy, human rights, media freedom, and access to justice within the Republic of Rwanda. 
The Soul of Nations Foundation team is excited to further expand the art engagement facet of its mission through the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project (GAP). Indigenous International is the umbrella program created through the Soul of Nations Foundation’s Indigenous Arts Expansion Initiative, which is aimed to help connect Indigenous youth with boundary-pushing cultural and artistic experiences around the world. Through the Green Architecture Project, young Native American female student artists from the Pueblo region of New Mexico will travel to Kigali, Rwanda to connect with young Rwandan female student artists living in Kigali through a cultural exchange that results in one collaborative art exhibition. 

Soul of Nations Foundation Receives $24,500 Award from the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda

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Traditional forms of Indigenous and African architecture have often been misrepresented in mainstream media and academia. Historically, many Native Americans and Africans resided in rural areas and lived in structures constructed with materials that have been obtained locally. These structures were created through the use of architectural techniques that have been utilized for generations. Unfortunately, a myth exists that Native American and African vernacular architecture is substandard, temporary, or for the poor. Indigenous communities from North America and traditional communities from Rwanda are continuously striving for environmental stability. However, these communities are often met with natural and governmental challenges that have threatened the traditional value of vernacular and cultural practices for residential styles of architecture. 
The Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project (GAP) will administer a two-week in-person exchange for three Native American young women and ten Rwandan young women in October 2020 for the output of a public exhibition that will last for four months in Kigali, Rwanda. Through the Green Architecture Project, young Native American female student artists from the Pueblo region of New Mexico will travel to Kigali, Rwanda to connect with young Rwandese female student artists living in Kigali fora cultural exchange that will result in a collaborative art exhibition. 

Source: Soul of Nations Foundation

Soul of Nations Foundation Press Team press@soulofnations.org
Soul of Nations Foundation Rwanda Office rw@soulofnations.org

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. 

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