William Humphreys Art Gallery
WHAG’s strategic plan focuses on strengthening the existing programmes that are aimed at the empowerment, education, and giving access to women, children, and individuals with disabilities to experience the arts.
The program information below showcase WHAG’s contribution to fulfilling its institutional mandate:
This capability opens significant possibilities for the promotion of South African and African films and has given rise to a regular film programme that includes screenings of local and/or international films, as well as English literature 'set work' films for school groups on request. School holiday screenings are also presented for youths generally from places of safety, to alleviate boredom and truancy.
The museum staff takes an exhibition of original South African graphics from the WHAG permanent collection and MTN Collection to schools in deprived rural areas of the Northern Cape once a school quarter. The exhibition is arranged around a theme from the school arts and culture curriculum and worksheets are devised for learners to actively participate in the exhibition.
Through innovative partnership brokering with private sector, the MTN Foundation / WHAG Outreach Program addresses the resource gap, knowledge divide and geographic sparseness of the province that isolates and excludes primary and intermediary phase learners from participating in cultural heritage. It does this through situating Arts and Culture teaching activities and resources for both learners and educators at their respective school districts on a rotational basis. These activities are aligned with the syllabus, speaking to WHAG’s commitment to excellence and practicable access for all.
This project has been running very successfully since 2000 and will continue for as long as the need exists. This project attempts to lessen the disadvantage these children from poorer communities suffer in comparison to the children from affluent suburbs and also attempts to guide the caregivers at the day care centres on how to involve the children in constructive educational activities. In some instances, the Community Projects Leader actually helps the caregivers to plan the week’s activities for the children until the following week’s visit to the gallery. This project also ingrains the notion of a museum as a fun place to visit from a very early age and in this way contributes to museum audience development.
Adults with a variety of cognitive disabilities from Yonder, a Kimberley institution that cares for these special people, have been attending art and craft workshops on a weekly basis for a number of years. They do not have the opportunity of participating in any art making or creative activities and so they thoroughly enjoy what is offered to them at the gallery. From time to time, they are treated to a film screening which is also greatly appreciated.