Nima: Muhinmanchi Art





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Uploaded on Jul 6, 2011


Nima: a sprawling, red-dirt neighborhood in the heart of Accra. Rich with culture, community, and history, but long considered a slum, avoided by tourists and Accra residents alike. Within the neighborhood itself, the arts are generally disregarded, often disrespected.

A group of artists born-and-bred in Nima want to change that perception.

NIMA: MUHINMANCHI ART is conceived to establish Nima as a place for the arts, to bring art to the community, and to empower local JHS students.

The festive opening night on July 23, with art, music and food, will draw in both the local neighborhood and greater Accra's art and intellectual crowd. We will hold an exhibition and sale of students' and artists' individual work, to benefit the students and the Junior Art Club, an Accra-based, Nima-founded organization. A mural designed and painted by the students and artists will act as the centerpiece of the opening and serve as a lasting art installation in the neighborhood.

We seek to foster a positive perception of art and give the students a chance to explore their creativity. The work brings art beyond gallery and museum walls, into the every day of one of Accra's poorest neighborhoods. Individual works will go home with people from all over Accra (maybe one will go to you). The mural will stay in Nima. Such a project, never before seen in Nima, is a unique opportunity for people from the neighborhood to create and appreciate an installation; and for people from all over Accra to participate with art in a space they might not usually encounter.


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