Our project is creating alternative avenues for the local communities living around the Volcanoes National Park to earn income thereby diverting the undue pressure that had previously been put on the natural resources through illegal activities like poaching and deforestation of the national park, and also preserving our cultural heritage for the future generations through art.
The project is aimed at encouraging the local community to tell and sell the Rwandan story through art and crafts, tapping into, training, and nurturing artistic talent and proper mastery of craft skills to make quality materials that can compete with and sell our culture internationally.
Currently, the gallery houses conservation-themed art, cultural objects, and a lot of handicrafts made by local women and youth groups living in these areas. It serves as an arena for the local musical dance and drama acts by locals. In essence, the project is intended to also identify, tap into, train and nurture any form of artistic talent and then develop it to international standards since the biggest consumers of our outputs are foreigners coming to see what the country has to offer.
The funds will therefore help Red Rocks Initiatives expand its physical facilities like display rooms, studio, and equipment, organize more capacity-building pieces of training and demonstrations to impact skills and knowledge necessary for value addition to all areas of the arts we are promoting among the local women and youth groups. Ultimately, it will help us with our long-term mission of supporting relevant investments in the local community. The funding will go into the expansion of our facilities to enable us to bring in more people from the community, and will l also go into the purchase of some state of the art equipment and bring in more experienced resource people to facilitate capacity training and exposure.
This arts for conservation initiative will encourage the sharing of knowledge, skills, and overall interaction and experiences among tourists and the local communities. This will therefore lead to the promotion of more sustainable tourism and a greater appreciation of the natural tourist attractions in the Volcanoes National Park.