The Outreach Program has progressed quite well and benefited the intended target groups, that is, marginalized artists from Matabeleland rural and urban communities in line with the Vision and Objectives of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. It is a noble initiative to uplift the living conditions of marginalized artists such as women, youths and the handicapped through the Outreach Programme. We are all aware that with the current prevailing economic conditions and high interest rates charged by banks, it is not possible for all people to be formally employed or to join the informal sector to earn a living. Hence, some initiatives like the Outreach Programme go a long way in promoting self-sustenance as well as improving lives of the marginalized in society especially women. Outreach Programmes contribute to capacity building or increased agency, leadership of members of marginalized groups and the non-discriminatory activities in society. Change in attitudes of males and females as regards to participation and voice of women in the Zimbabwean society is also promoted.
The experience gained over the years will definitely help us achieve our objectives as closely as possible. The coming years should reflect our capabilities since the way has been paved in the past years and we are better focused thus the contacts made should see us through to success. Therefore, which results we want to achieve should be central to the programme design from the beginning. The major objective is, “what does the Outreach Programme strives to achieve, for whom, in what way and which role the Outreach realistically play in the achievement of that goal?” To answer the above questions, there are eight (8) proposed major projects to be embarked upon in 2021 in an effort to promote Humanist values or rights, balance inequality (gender sensitivity), economic status and integration of marginalized artists. The proposed projects are namely My Beautiful Home Project: Comba Indlu ngobuciko, Resident Artists Develoment Program, Digital Studio, Mangwe Childrens pottery Project, Thatha exhibition series, Mural public Art displays, International Artists workshop and Visiting Artists in Residency Program.
The National gallery of Zimbabwe In Bulawayo has over the years been running a rudimentary utreach programme, up to date we are pleased to let you know that it has managed to be relevant in to the community that the NGB aims to serve and has been gathering momentum over the years.
The outreach programme in Bulawayo seeks to economically empower women and young artists in the rural and urban communities, by identifying, supporting and nurturing artistic talent and the promotion of the sustainable use of the environment so that the projects they embark on will benefit the future generations.