National Art Gallery receives $42k grant
forms using painted houses and colourful beadwork.
“I am pleased to announce that through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation we are providing $42 155 to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo,” said David McGuire, Counsellor for Public Affairs at the United States Embassy.
“These art forms are disappearing in the region as the numbers of practitioners is getting small over time. We want future generations and scholars to know how the art work was created. We also want communities in the region to appreciate their traditions and cultural heritage.”
He added that the funding from the US Embassy will enable the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo to document the external and internal art and architecture and decoration of the homes through schematic drawings, photographs, oral recordings, and discussions.
Since its creation by the US Congress, the US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation has provided financial support to more than 640 cultural preservation projects in more than 100 countries.
This fund represents a contribution of more than $25 million towards the preservation of cultural heritage worldwide.
Each year, the United States Embassy in Harare accepts proposals from reputable and accountable organisations and government departments, museums or similar institutions and organisations that are able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.