Na­tional Art Gallery re­ceives $42k grant

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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.

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