Artists for Africa Postcaard Art Sale - Thursday Night - by Abby Davis

artist for africa postcard art 2015 This Thursday, February 12th, Artists for Africa will host their second annual Postcard Art fundraiser at Embassy Suites Columbia. There will be over 300 pieces of original, postcard-sized works to choose from. The postcard art has been contributed by over 100 artists, some established and some emerging. The pieces will be exhibited anonymously, each available for $65, and the artist’s identity will not be revealed until after the work has been purchased.


Featured artists include Tish Lowe, Mana Hewitt, Bill Davis, Barbie Mathis, Toni Elkins, Robin Gadient, Bonnie Goldberg, Marian Soule, Cami Hutchinson, Susilee Lamb, Julia Moore, K. Page Morris, Nini Ward, Carey Weathers, Charlene Wells, Jen Gorlewski, Steve Teets, Pete Holland, and Michael Krajewski. Additionally, 40 pieces from CA Johnson students will also be featured and sold for $15 each. Each student piece sold will provide a new school uniform for a student in Kenya.


This exciting event offers not only a unique and entertaining way to expand your collection at an amazing price, but it also supports a tremendously worthy cause. The money raised from the Postcard Art fundraiser will be supporting Artists for Africa. Artists for Africa is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of supporting Anno’s Africa, a non-profit organization which brings arts classes to children in the slums of Kenya. Artists for Africa strives to provide an alternative arts education to orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. In the past, funds raised by Artists for Africa have gone towards drums, leotards, guitars, watercolors, trampolines, juggling kits, crayons, sound systems, mono-cycles, and more. The program is currently operating only in Nairobi, but the goal is to spread throughout urban Kenya and eventually expand to other countries in Africa as well.


Enjoy a lovely evening, expand your collection at an incredible price, and support an invaluable cause all at once! The event will last from 6 – 10pm, with the sale beginning at 7. Artwork will be sold first come, first served, at $65 each ($15 for student pieces) and buyers are invited to purchase as many pieces as they wish. Tickets to the event are $15 and can be purchased at For more information about Postcard Art and Art and Artists for Africa visit


-by Abby Davis

2nd Annual Artists for Africa benefit performance this weekend at Columbia Music Festival Association Artspace

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This Saturday and Sunday, August 10th and 11th, Artists for Africa, a newly formed non-profit organization with goals to provide arts education to impoverished children in Africa, presents the 2nd annual benefit performance at the CMFA Artspace on Pulaski Street in the Vista.

Artists for Africa Founder, dancer and teacher Cooper Rust, has recently returned from her second stint in Nairobi, Kenya, teaching ballet to young children in the area. In 2012, Rust was able to coordinate an effort that raised nearly seven thousand dollars for the cause in one weekend of performances. Thanks to the work of Artists for Africa, an additional 300 underprivileged children in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya were able to enjoy after school arts classes, giving most of them their first opportunity of this kind.

Rust initially traveled to Kenya in 2012 to work with Anno’s Africa, an organization based out of the United Kingdom promoting education resources in Africa. Artists for Africa joins Anno’s Africa and One Fine Day, based out of Germany, in the global fight for arts exposure and education for these children. A year later, Rust has again just returned home from Kenya and says, “I have all the confidence in the world that Columbia will once again come together to support me and this beautiful cause.”

The concerts include performances by members of the Columbia City Ballet, Columbia Summer Repertory Company, Trustus Theatre’s upcoming production of “Ragtime,” and Milwaukee Ballet among others. Saturday evening’s show includes a silent auction and food and beverages donated by Villa Tronco, Rosso, Gervais and Vine, Tin Roof, Blue Marlin, and Cellar on Greene. Framing of the artwork donated by The Frame Shop, City Art, Haven's, Frames and Things, Framing Plus, House of Frames, Picture Perfect, and Just Susan's Framing.

The events, sponsored by Top Hat Sweepers and the Columbia Music Festival Association, begin at 7pm on the 10th and 3pm on the 11th. Tickets for the 10th are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and for the 11th are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

For more information, please visit or to purchase tickets, call (803) 467-9004.

-- Bonnie Boiter-Jolley

Artists for Africa - A guest blog by Cooper Rust

Columbia continues to amaze me.  After training and dancing in Boca Raton, New York City, Milwaukee, Las Vegas and Santa Barbara, I feel that I have been part of arts communities in cities big and small and all over the country.  But it is right here in Columbia where I find the most supportive and most giving artists of all.

I spent the off season from Columbia City Ballet in Nairobi, Kenya, where I was honored to volunteer with Annos Africa, providing after school classes in the arts to children living in some of the world’s most impoverished slums.  The level of poverty was so extreme -- it was appalling.  But equally remarkable was the level of joy that I saw in the faces of the children in their ballet classes.  In those dirt floored rooms, with no mirrors or barres, the children morphed into the same fairy princesses and princes that our own young dancers become.  The inspiration and beauty of ballet knows no international or socio-economic  boundaries and each of the students demonstrated their own determination to master each skill and to learn each combination.  The staff who works with them in the most meager of facilities with such limited resources do an amazing job of sharing their love of their art with the students and in giving them the creativity, confidence and the self esteem that only studying a discipline of the arts can give a young scholar.

Back here at home, I have shared my experiences with my  peers . We, as dancers, don’t have the income to be able to write the checks it will take to include another slum or another arts discipline in the Annos Africa project.  However, we have something unique to us, as Columbia’s professional dancers, something only we can give to the project and to our community.  The response to my desire to produce a performance, dedicated to these children, was immediate, strong and sincere.  Over and over I have heard “how can I help?”

Many hours  of choreographing, staging and rehearsing has gone into the production of Artists For Africa.  Each artist has given generously of their time, talent and resources to make this event happen.  It has been a remarkable journey for me, both personally and professionally, to have the opportunity to experience first hand the bountiful graciousness that is Columbia’s dance community.  I am honored to be home, and to be part of this family of artists.

Please join us on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:30pm or on Sunday, September  23 at 2:00pm at the CMFA Art Space, 914 Pulaski Street. For tickets or information, please call Cooper Rust at (803) 467-9004.

-- Cooper Rust