This summer, Inspiration Arts had the great pleasure of hosting our esteemed partners and friends, Dr. Venny Nakazibwe and Dr. Kizito Maria Kasule. Dr. Nakazibwe is the Deputy Principal of the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT) at Makerere University, and Dr. Kasule is the Dean of the Margaret Towell School of Fine Arts (MTSFA) at Makerere University, as well as the Founding Director of the Nagenda International Academy of Art and Design (NIAAD).
During their time here, we have taken them to some of Israel’s most vibrant artistic sites, and we have met with many current and future partners.
Below is an overview of their memorable visit to Israel.
Tel Aviv University International Program in Crisis and Trauma
Bright and early on Monday morning, we drove to Tel Aviv University and learned about the International Program in Crisis and Trauma, a program offered by the School of Social Work.
After a quick lunch on the way, we visited Massivit 3D, a Print Factor in Lod. It is the first of its kind in Israel
Eretz Israel Museum
Later in the day, we visited Eretz Israel Museum, where we enjoyed a private tour and had the opportunity to visit the exhibition “On the Edge – Israeli Paper,” which portrays Israeli artistic and design work on paper. Here is a post-lunch photo with Dr. Debby Hershman, the Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the museum.
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
On Tuesday, we began the day at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, a prestigious school of art in Jerusalem. There, we toured the Ceramic and Glass Design department with the Head of the department, Dr. Eran Ehrlich.
Glocal International Development
As part of our visit to Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, we were joined by a representative from the Glocal International Development program, a MA program of Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Our final destination was the Israel Museum, Israel’s national museum. It hosts some of Israel’s holiest antiquities and artworks. There, we saw contemporary art exhibitions alongside archeological exhibitions.
Technion-Institute of Technology
After briefly stopping by the Deir Al-Mukraqa Carmelite Monastery, we visited Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a research university nestled in Haifa
Soon after, we visited the Department of Fine Arts of Haifa University, a public university located on the top of Mount Carmel. There, we had a great dialogue with the new Department Head, Assi Meshullam, and we look forward to seeing what collaborations this dialogue will bring.
Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
Thursday morning, we were hosted at the Textile Design Department of Shenkar College. There, we were impressed by the incredible technological designs we saw.
Maskit Fashion House
We later visited Maskit Fashion House, where we enjoyed learning more about this top-notch brand and seeing its socially sensitive approach to fashion. Maskit is a brand that is based on traditional local textile design craft, and its efforts help preserve crafts that are now slowly disappearing from the world.
Beit Binyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center
Later in the day, we had a lovely time visiting the Beit Binyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center, located in Tel Aviv. There, we met the Center’s artists in residency, who help operate the facility.
Event at Karen’s House
Thursday evening, we saw many of you in Karen’s house, a exquisite house in Jaffa that belongs to Arlin Kremerman. Thank you to everyone who joined us in honor our Ugandan guests.
Below are a few photos from the evening.
Here is a link to a Facebook album of the photos:
Sapir Graduate Show
Friday morning, we visited Chelouche Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Tel Aviv. There, we had the pleasure of seeing the Sapir Graduate Show.
Day 6 and 7
On Saturday we spent the day touring Nazareth, and finally, on Sunday we toured Jerusalem with our dear friend Eli Wimfheilmer. How could a tour in Israel be complete without a visit to one of the holiest cities in the world?
We ended the evening at a wonderful Gallery Opening in the African Studies Gallery in Tel Aviv. There, we had the opportunity to play video games influenced by African aesthetic elements, African myths, as well as Western and Eastern designs.
Inspiration Arts recognizes that all great endeavors require the efforts and cooperation of many different people, and we are so grateful to everyone who has shared and propelled our vision to cultivate art art a catalyst for effective social change.
We look forward to many meaningful projects and collaborations to come.