Small World, Big Hearts, Strong Art

Small World, Big Hearts, Strong Art
Two powerful stories about the resilience of African people and the involvement of U.S. nationals in African crises are part of the background of the 2015-16 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. One experience involves actor Rosario Dawson; the other, visual artist Aron Belka. Rosario Dawson's African travel has led to a project that uses art and design for the social and economic empowerment of African women. Aron Belka's recent portraiture series is inspired by the work of a courageous epidemiologist during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Several years ago Dawson took a trip to the Congo as part of her board member service for V-Day, an organization working to stop rape violence against women. After meeting many African women who were excellent designers and craftsmen, Dawson and global marketing specialist Abrima Erwiah founded Studio 189, a social enterprise that promotes and …