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Gifts With Humanity Blog

Art Camp Artisans - Tradition Builds a Community

by Renice Jones January 20, 2016

The artisans of Tecalpulco, Mexico have long been known for their silver and stone jewelry.   Art Camp, short for Artesanas Campesinas (or rural female artisans), is a women-owned cooperative that continues this tradition.  The group constantly introduces new methods, materials, and machinery to compete in the highly competitive jewelry market, even surviving a collapse in the marketability of their pieces in the 1990’s  after jewelry from other countries flooded the US market.

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Gifts With Humanity - A Happenstance

by Renice Jones January 12, 2016

If you believe that things happen serendipitously, then Gifts With Humanity is certainly one of those things. The co-founders met in the principal’s office of Kisumu Polytechnic in 1999 – I was a Peace Corps volunteer and Kevin was a VSO volunteer; both were assigned to teach computing.

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The Bat Shop

by Kevin Ward May 14, 2015

The Bartel Arts Trust, or the BAT Shop, is an urban-based community art center that is a venue and facility for skills training, promotion and exposure of disadvantaged and emergent artists in South Africa. The focus of the center is local arts, culture, crafts and entertainment that reflects the Zulu, Indian and Western heritage of KwaZulu-Natal. The difference at BAT is the grassroots, the experimental, the cross-arts trends and the innovation that is promoted at the center.

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