AIM for Africa

AIM for Africa

The UF Center for Arts in Medicine’s AIM for Africa initiatives create cultural bridges between the arts and healthcare in the U.S. and several African nations. We are committed to cross-cultural collaborations that provide clear benefits to communities in Africa, to our local communities, and to University of Florida students and faculty across disciplines. We currently have projects and partnerships in Rwanda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Gambia, and Uganda. In 2013, we will be undertaking projects in Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda. Please click on the links below to read about past and upcoming projects.

Upcoming Trip:

(December 5, 2012: Due to political concerns in the area, planning for this program is currently suspended. Please check back here for updates)

Gisenyi, Rwanda - May 6-19, 2013

Students traveling to Rwanda will continue working on a project including dance, pottery, and health literacy projects in western Rwanda.

Cost: approximately $3000 includes transportation, accomodations, food, interpreters, guides, and incidental expenses.

Project Goals:

  • To enhance the health and well-being of Rwandan residents throug interdisciplinary and sustainable arts and health projects
  • To provide UF students and faculty with meaningful learning through service and cultural exchange.

Project Teams:

  • Twa Dance Cooperative (2-3 strong dancers; experience with teaching, staging, and management helpful)
  • Twa Pottery Cooperative (2 ceramacists who can provide technical and creative guidance)
  • Twa Health Assessment (3-5 nursing, public health, or medical professionals/students)
  • Business Team (2-3 business professionals/students who can assist with refinement of the Twa Dance and Pottery Cooperative business structures and marketing plans)
  • Arts in Healthcare Train-the-trainer Program (1 student/professional to assist with training)

Required Meetings:Team members will be required to attend monthly evening meetings beginning the week of January 14, and every other week beginning the week of March 11.

Required Readings:Team members will be required to read several books and articles and view several films that are essential to project participation. The readings will be discussed at the meetings, and due dates for each will be provided.

Other Requirements:completion of immunizations, forms, and registration as well as payment of program fees and participation in project fundraising.

For more information, please contact the Center for Arts in Medicine at 273-1488 or e-mail Chelsea Moehlenbrock at cmoehlenbrock@arts.ufl.edu.

AIM for Africa: Rwanda 2013

For information about other programs, please visit the following pages:

Last updated 11/15/2012

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