There are worse things than being a starving artist. For example, you could be a starving artist in rural Zimbabwe, trying to support yourself and your family with subsistence farming while you focus on artwork.
This is the situation that many women in Weya, Zimbabwe, face and the same situation that the Zimbabwe Artists Project is trying to improve.
Zimbabwe Artists Project, founded in 1999, is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with women artists and some men in Weya, finding buyers for their art.
Because there's a small market for art in Zimbabwe, ZAP brings artwork to the United States to sell and returns the money earned to the artists. In turn, the artists can buy food, clothes, schooling, seeds and fertilizer. ZAP also funds workshops so artists can build their artistic skills, as well as learn life skills like how to manage finances and bookkeeping.
To help these Zimbabweans improve their lives, folks in the Treasure Valley are invited to check out their work on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
In addition to showcasing unique pieces of art, the event will also be a fascinating lesson in different cultures. Part of ZAP's mission is to teach Americans about Zimbabwean culture and history, and every piece of art for sale is accompanied by the artist's photo and story.