A message from Wendy Black-Nasta
It’s only May, and 2017 is proving to be another incredible year here at Artists for World Peace. Sharone Sayegh produced our 6th Annual AFWP on Broadway in February. Once again this star-studded evening brought together a theatre full of talent, live painters from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and a packed house filled with an audience to share all the love. The money raised that night, along with the support of UConn Health Center’s Auxiliary and the Farmington, CT. Rotary, is providing the funds for us to return to Tanzania in mid-June to open the Free Artists for World Peace Dental Clinic! The clinic will open in our health center. We are leaving with an eight-member travel team this year. Five dentists from the UConn Dental School will be opening the clinic. Paul Horton will be our videographer, and Barbara Brown will be our writer, as well as work with the women in the quilt making cottage industry we began last summer while we were in the village. Of course, the highlight of our summer will be taking all of our children on vacation. It’s going to be hard to top our trip last year to Pangani, when all of our kids saw the ocean for the first time, but we’ll try! The surprise visitor will be my son, Miles, who is the big brother to all of our children in Tanzania. He’ll be joining us for our last week there.
In March, Robert and I visited Kathmandu University to meet our Dr. Yoram Kaufmann Scholarship recipients that Artists for World Peace has been able to support through their undergraduate degrees. While there, Robert gave workshops, and we got to meet the amazing student body and faculty of the Music Department. Our first scholarship recipient graduated in November, and he will be going on for his Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology in Alberta, Canada. Our second student, Pushpa, is finishing her junior year. It was wonderful getting to spend a couple of weeks getting to know them and seeing some of this amazing country. As always, our visit flew by, and we are looking forward to returning to Nepal as soon as possible.
Please SAVE THE DATE for our 5th Annual Dance for Peace on Sunday, July 30, at the Kate in Old Saybrook. This promises to be another fantastic evening of dance. Please stay in touch through our website and Facebook page (Artists for World Peace.) We will be posting information on a regular basis.
We look forward to continuing our work of changing lives through the arts–one child, one family, one village at a time.