Rural In the Citi Movement Exhibition @ Alliance Francaise – April 2013

Posted: March 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

Ruralinthecitimovement Exhibition

Over the years, many have expressed concerns over the lack of progress in altering the plight of rural citizens. Increasing numbers of studies and activities are being undertaken to bolster government and donor capacity to promote participation in rural development programmes. However, despite all these activities, the disturbing fact is that there is little agreement on what participation is or on its basic dimensions.

Formed in 2012, Rural in the Citi (RITC) Movement is an art consultancy movement. It was formed with the aim to help uplift rural artists and to encourage their participation as citizens through various forms of art. The movement aims to give artists a chance to showcase and sell their work in cities and to promote rural art. It also aims to encourage rural citizens to participate in matters that affect their surroundings. Challenges such as unemployment, substance abuse and lack of resources are the main issues that need to be tackled in many rural areas. Artists therefore can use this opportunity to voice their opinions through their art while at the same time conducting workshops in various schools in rural villages across South Africa and beyond.

RITC Movement is the preservation of rural culture through traditional ways of living. These ways of living are still very much practiced in many rural settings and cities as heritage. The ways of finding a platform or space for artists to prosper in the cosmopolitan cities that are built on a new global culture. When rural people come to the city, they do not necessarily need to change their ways but can just as easily fit in. The movement is therefore about ensuring that a rural artist finds life in the city easily adaptable.

This proposal describes RITC Movement objectives and operation, and requests support for the operation of our movement. It will help to fund the Art Exhibitions and workshop projects that we are currently finalising across the country. Most work we do is unpaid due to lack of funds. As a result, this hinders the full implementation and therefore the efficacy of this programme.

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