Represent, speak and advocate for the growing challenges of a rapidly urbanizing (and thus filthy) world through WASTEart.
Situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania has the potential to be one of the most beautiful cities on the African continent. The reality however is very different. The U.S. company NYC Partnership Consulting recently rated Dar es Salaam as the eighth filthiest city in the world. As the third fastest growing city in Sub-Saharan Africa (the 9th fastest in the world), there is a pressing need for environmental solutions. The mismagement of waste in Dar es Salaam affects many aspects of life, from disturbing traffic flow to adversely affecting the tourism industry—a vital economic sector for Tanzania, it also however offers opportunities for innovative business solutions to tackle the heaps of waste.
The Msimbazi River in Dar es Salaam
Just as traditional art represents love, war and current affairs, the growing theme of art made from waste has the potential to appropriately represent, speak and advocate for the growing challenges of a rapidly urbanizing world. Dar es Salaam has a vital artistic society that has the potential to not only attract attention to waste challenges across the city but to 'recycle' the waste into art.
Art made from recycled and collected waste is a growing theme across the world. In Kenya, the CBO KEMA is combining waste services with workshops for women on how to make handbags and art from recycled plastics; while in the USA the company ‘NYC Garbage’ (http://nycgarbage.com/) has made huge profits from the selling of waste in transparent hard plastic cubes.
What we will do...
- We will open a market stall and partner with existing ‘waste artists’.
- We will support and train 3-5 artists on how to safely and creatively make arts and crafts from recycled waste.
- We will distribute and sell our work to supporters, activists, the public, museums and galleries to help this innovative art idea take off.
By 2013 we will produce at least 500 pieces of waste art available for distribution and sale in our store or worldwide through our online shop. We will cover the cost of registered shipping and handling to any location globally as well as any online donation fees. We will produce free guides, leaflets and reports in Kiswahili and English for the development community, government actors, supporters and the private sector to present best practice in safe and creative waste collection for arts and crafts.
Lastly, we will cover ALL administrative/office costs (i.e. stationary, transport, communication, etc.) and most importantly provide a receipt or handwritten testimony for every product or individual we invest in.
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A waste sculpture together with a package of 2 jewellery pieces, 5 postcards and one fabric/bag made from recycled products.Estimated delivery:
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