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A Boost for Arts Education in Uganda
Tom Herriman, former publisher of the old printed Seattle Press, has for several years taught English and music in Uganda for several months each year. We are pleased to call attention to a related effort that deserves your consideration. To wit:
Oakland • Sept. 16, 2013 • Opportunities for self expression and creativity are essential to a good quality of life. A group of artists I met in Uganda recognized this and began sharing their skills and their paints and brushes with kids in the neighborhood. It was informal at first. The kids would show up at James Nsamba's tiny studio every morning, brimming with energy and curiosity. James and Farouk Mukwaya would hand out paper and paint and colored pencils...then give the kids some basic lessons in how to use art materials to express ideas and feelings.

Gradually we got more organized. We call ourselves Uganda Art Consortium. We started a website,, and we're part of Kisa Foundation USA, a 501 (c) (3) charity.


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NW Indian College to host art auction
The Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Wash., will hold its second annual TL'aneq' Gathering for a Celebration benefit dinner and auction on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Wash.

NWIC’s goal for the evening is to raise $250,000 in support of the college’s cultural arts and education and to enhance our relations and understanding within the region. Our vision for education at NWIC is based in deeply held beliefs about relationships and stewardship. Tickets are $250 for the TL'aneq' event.

The event, co-hosted by David and Jonathan Syre (Trillium Corp), will include a pre-event reception, gourmet fare and a live and silent auction of Coast Salish cultural arts and experiences, including a tour of a renowned local master carver’s studio (Felix Solomon, who has artwork displayed at the Whatcom County Museum as well as private collections).

The college is currently seeking table captains, table sponsors, and ticket sales. We are also seeking artists who wish to donate art for the live or silent auction.
Ugandan Art Show Scheduled for May
Over 100 works by members of Uganda Art Consortium will be on display May 8, 9 and 10 in the largest exhibit and sale of Ugandan art ever held in the U.S. The show is part of the Ballard May 2009 Artwalk.

Works include oil paintings, wood block prints, vat dye paintings, silk screen prints and other media. Beadwork jewelry produced by children in UAC's free workshops for AIDS patients and orphans will also be on sale. Artists included in the show include Kizito Fred Kakinda, James Nsamba, Kennedy Baguma, Matias Tusime, Hassan Mikiibi, and Hadson Mbabazi.

The exhibition will be held at the Ballard Bookcase Gallery, 4611 11th Ave. NW Seattle, WA 98107. For information about the show, contact Tom Herriman, 206-353-5978.

Uganda Art Consortium

Scottish in Shoreline
Shoreline, WA -? The Northwest Junior Pipe Band placed first in a field of 7 pipe bands competing with a mix of traditional and modern pipe band tune compositions at the Tacoma Highland Games June 23rd.

Northwest Junior Pipe Band is nearly 40 talented youth aged 7 to 18 learning dedication, focus, respect, perseverance, and commitment. NWJPB has announced their intention to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland, 2008 and compete several times throughout the summer at area Highland Games events. Highland Games competitions are a cultural and music experience unlike any other.


Band Site

'Lush' Reveals Alcoholism Impact on Teens
It's hard to be a 13-yr-old girl. But it's even harder when your father's a drunk. It adds an extra layer to everything -- your family's reactions to things, the people you're willing to bring home, the way you see yourself and the world. For Samantha, it's something that's been going on for so long that she's almost used to it. Only, you never get used to it. Especially when it starts to get worse...

Lush - A bold, honest Scholastic Press debut from Natasha Friend.

Scholastic United States • Scholastic Press •
Pub.Date: 11/2006 • 192 Pages