The Role of the Visual Arts in Social Change in South Africa: A Pilot Project

By Kim Berman.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper presents three South African case studies that use the visual arts to impact social change in South Africa through community engagement programmes.

Keywords: Visual Arts Projects, Community Engagement, Social Change, Sustainable Development

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp.123-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.181MB).

Kim Berman

Kim Berman is a Senior Lecturer in Printmaking at the University of Johannesburg and the Director of Artist Proof Studio and Senior Lecturer in Printmaking at the University of Johannesburg. She received her B.F.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a M.F.A. from Tufts University, Mass, USA. She founded the Artist Proof Studio (APS), a community printmaking Centre in Newtown in 1992. Kim Berman initiated the Paper Prayers campaign- AIDS awareness through the visual arts from 1998. It currently operates out of APS as a successful income generating activity for HIV positive groups of rural and urban women. Kim Berman received grant funding from the governments Department of Science and Technology in 2000 to implement a national poverty alleviation programme called Phumani Paper as a community engagement initiative of the UJ. Phumani Paper has set up 20 papermaking projects in seven provinces of South Africa and created hundreds of jobs through the production of paper-craft products. Kim Berman has lectured and exhibited widely in South Africa and internationally. She has registered to do a doctorate on the role of the arts in social change in South Africa.


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