Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


African Arts for Scouse Hearts is about celebrating West African Arts and Culture with our older generation through authentic participatory African arts and craft workshops. The workshops are designed to promote a healthy active mind and body by using the workshops to encourage older people to learn about different cultures and lifestyles
Our African Arts workshops are led by experienced, authentic African Facilitators and include teaching
Batik - a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to cloth. Dots and lines of hot wax are drawn with a spouted tool called a canting. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artist to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and using another colour if required.
Tie Dyeing - Tie Dye techniques have been used for centuries in the western part of Africa and the patterns and vibrant designs of the clothes have caught the eyes of many all over the world. It is an easy and effective way to introduce participants into the art of African clothing design.
Music - Music is an integral part of African culture, it plays a huge role within the social traditions of community. Africa is world renowned as the continent of rhythm and beat. Osun recognise this importance and place music at the centre of what we do. We engage our attendees through the learning of songs sung in their traditional language and traditional dance movements rarely seen outside Africa.
During the workshop participants will learn to play African drum rhythms and xylophone. As well as discover the sounds and use of the talking drum. Dances are then taught to the pace and texture of the rhythms, with the participants communicating with the drummers through their dance steps.
This is a marvellous method for participants to communicate effectively with each other and create a positive group spirit, in addition to learning the cultural traditions of dance

Dance - Dance techniques from West African are taught to our workshop participant, these are quite different from western dance techniques. The dances will be accompanied by live drumming with a combined contemporary approach and all participants are encouraged to take part in a warm and friendly atmosphere
African Cookery - African cuisine is noted for its diverse use of vegetables, fruits and cereal grains. Through our cookery sessions we promote healthy food and use traditional African foodstuffs and indigenous spices and herbs, many people may not have encountered before.
The emphasis of our workshops is on participant enjoyment and inclusion. The workshops themselves have many benefits including
- Social inclusion by encouraging our older generation to attend our workshops and socialise within their peer groups.
- Participating in Arts has been proven to stimulate the mind and benefit cognitive processing
- Learning our African Dance techniques we encourage our workshop participants to become more active
- Our African Cookery workshop promotes healthy eating by using various vegetables, fruits and cereals
- By learning about other cultures our participant gain a better understanding of minority groups within their community. This promotes racial harmony, social inclusion and community cohesion

Osun Arts Foundation aims are to increase awareness of African arts and culture, to further the ideal of the UK as a vibrant multi-cultural society, and to provide training and educational opportunities - for children and young people, older people, Black, Minority and Ethnic groups, disabled groups and individuals, long-term unemployed, asylum seekers and refugees – using traditional arts and cultural activities, performances, workshops, exhibitions and publications as vehicles for delivery.

Osun Arts was established in 1994 and has a proven track record in delivering unique creative projects to hundreds of venues across t

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Osun Arts Foundation

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Osun Arts has been delivering projects such as African Arts for Scouse Hearts since 1994 and has made a real difference in teaching people from different backgrounds including Black, Minority and Ethnic groups, school children, prisoners and our older generation about African Arts and Culture.

Location: Liverpool