The Mission of Gujja Ting African Art (GTAA) is to empower the youth living in the slums of Uganda by raising their personal expectations and providing them with a real chance to succeed in life. This is done through creative workshops offered at the local “house” maintained for this purpose, a school fees program, and family mentality.
How this is accomplished:
GTAA’s “house” in Nabulagala, Uganda (outside Kampala) is a safe haven for the youth of that neighborhood. While at the house, they can participate in workshops and express themselves in creative ways. Multiple art and dance workshops occur regularly each week at this house. These workshops include traditional African dance, contemporary dance, tap dance, and break dancing in addition to painting, crochet, paper bead making, screen-printing, and hairdressing. GTAA is open to those youth who want to use their creativity and participate in new kinds of art and workshops whenever possible. We want to be able to allow these enthusiastic youth to use every inch of imagination that is in their heads and hearts. Additionally, a Kids’ Program as well as a Girls’ Program are offered each Sunday.
Our youth gain pride in themselves when they are able to try something new and succeed. And, GTAA takes this feeling one step further by selling some of the artwork they have made themselves and raising funds that are given back to the local organization. The pride they take from the beautiful pieces they make is second only to seeing how successful they can be in life and the feeling of empowerment they achieve by knowing that they can do whatever they set out to do.