On August 18, 2012, the Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment hosted its fourth annual Cultural Art Imbizo! This event is based on the rich Zulu “Imbizo” tradition of communities coming together to celebrate friendship, soul & spirit. Immigrant and refugee girls who were a part of the GGAL Summer Arts Program displayed their work along with local cultural artists, performers and members of the Twin Cities community.
There were fun games, local ethnic food, music, resource booths from local community organizations, and a silent auction. The proceeds from the Imbizo helps to support GGAL’s scholarship fund where underrepresented immigrant and refugee girls in high school have the opportunity to gain leadership, academic readiness and financial literacy skills.
There were performances by Voices of Culture and SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE. Shegitu Kiflom, author of Visible Strengths and Hidden Scars presented at the Imbizo. We all enjoy delicious Ethiopian and Eritrean food from Flamingo restaurant, and coffee was provided by CityKid Java. Our long standing partner Jimmy Langoria demonstrated his Mentoring Peace Through Art graffiti masking techniques. Lori Greene, artist and owner of Mosaic on a Stick provided a work station for kids to design their own mosaic to take home. Artists from Regla De Oro Gallery sold their artwork and 10% of the proceeds from their sales went to support WISE!
Photographer Giliane Mansfeldt captured all of this and more with her beautiful photographs displayed here.