THE HOUSE OF YIELDING FINE ARTS FOR YOUTH
House of Yielding Fine Art For Youth is a new arts no-governmental organisation based in Gaborone.
It has been founded by a group of Batswana including writers, poets, office administrators and academics.
The chairperson is Nonofo Ndwapi who clarified the purpose of the organisation.
“The NGO is dedicated to fine arts, visual arts, performing arts and all forms of arts that children and youth are interested in.
The organization uses arts as an avenue to strengthen available opportunities and raise awareness on social issues for the youth.
We engage in varieties of art activities, workshops and conferences that cultivate art and literacy.”
Currently they’re running writing workshops at the Gaborone Main Library.
When asked how the idea for the workshop originated, Ndwapi said, “Our organization deals with arts and literacy.
Reading and writing has been a passion of mine for the longest time.
I approached the public library and spoke to Mr John Mmati, he was immediately taken by our proposal and immediately we began the writer’s workshops.”
The workshops run from 9 – 11 am every Saturday.
Tiro Sebina runs the workshops. All age groups are welcome.
So far they’ve been learning writing techniques and practicing their skills writing short stories and poetry.
They also read their work aloud. I asked Ndwapi how they came to such an interesting name for the NGO.
“The name House of Yielding Fine Arts for Youth came to existence through much discussed conversations with a group called Heavenly Poets.
This group was a poetry group that consisted of young poets who took great pleasure in live performances.
Personally l faced multiple challenges in the poetry industry so l quickly sat down and mapped out a strategy that would help me reach my goals without really moving me away from arts.
Hence the birth of House of Yielding Fine Arts for youth. I knew I wanted to deal with arts and I knew that I am concerned about social issues.
That was my starting point. Please note Heavenly Poets is still very much active on Facebook, it’s a group where poets share their poetry.”
One aspect of the NGO that is quite interesting to me is that they want to encourage Batswana to highlight social issues through art so as to aid awareness around these issues.
Earlier this year they held the first Arts and Aids Festival. Ndwapi explained about the organisation for the event.
“This was our first official event and we wanted nothing but the best outcome.
We started preparing for this event early January 2013, we placed all our cards on the table, came up with ideas and identified our strength and weakness.
After weeks of meetings and collection of information we invited the poetry society on board and Alliance Francias to assist with a number of things.
The big idea was to unite art and Aids. To have a celebration for the month of Youth against Aids which was in March.
We wrote down a proposal and contacted the media, both radio and TV.
The Monitor, Mmegi, Daily News, and Flava Dome welcomed our invitation and created much needed exposure for this initiative.”
If their Facebook page is anything to go by it was a success.
They are also holding a series of Aids workshops from the 18-26th of June at five schools for ten days.
They have a lot of plans in the pipeline. They are currentlycalling for short stories and poetry submission for an upcoming publication.
If you would like to submit, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other exciting projects in the pipeline for this energetic NGO is a workshop for illustrators and one for artistic photography.
The details will be given on their Facebook page as well as through the media when everything is finalised.