April 3, 2011

AGYA Co-Founders Give Keynote Address at MIAD's Service Learning Symposium, Radio Interview at WUMM 89.7

On March 25, 2011, AGYA Co-Founders Abraham Matovu and Divinity Barkley Matovu were honored to give the keynote address at the 10th Annual Service Learning Symposium hosted by the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD).

Divinity and Abraham (pictured above at MIAD) spoke to community leaders, campus administrators, and students with majors ranging from photography to sculpture and design. As MIAD's first keynote speakers with an international focus, Divinity and Abraham discussed how AGYA is using the arts to economically and artistically empower young people in urban Uganda. The presentation also highlighted the interconnectedness of passion and community service. 

Following the official symposium, Divinity and Abraham enjoyed lunch with MIAD President, Neil Hoffman and Leslie Fedorchuk, a MIAD Professor and Director of the Service Learning Program.


Above: AGYA Co-Founders with MIAD President, Neil Hoffman.

Below: AGYA Co-Founders with Ben Rothschild, Assistant Director - MIAD Service Learning Program and Leslie Fedorchuk, Director - MIAD Service Learning.

Divinity and Abraham also had the opportunity to connect with radio presenter Bonnie North (pictured below) who works as the Arts Producer at WUMW 89.7, a non-commercial public radio station committed to serving listeners in southeastern Wisconsin, with quality news, public affairs and entertainment programming.

During the radio interview, Divinity and Abraham discussed their vision for AGYA and their belief that artistic enrichment is the most effective way to transform the lives of youth living in urban poverty in Uganda. The radio interview will be posted online soon!