On Friday, June 26th, Solomon Adufah will be showcasing his Homeland Series Ghana Collection in Chicago, IL at Nych Gallery. In addition to exhibiting his most recent works, Solomon will also be raising funds for his philanthropic efforts in Ghana. In February, Solomon traveled to Ghana to teach art and mentor children in the orphanages and villages of Koforidua, located in the Eastern Region. His trip was coordinated through the International Volunteer Headquarters, which is an organization that serves local communities and orphanages through volunteer work. Though he is originally from Ghana, this was his first trip back since moving to the United States. He was stationed in the village of Asempanaye, which is a small village with a population of about 300 people. Reflecting on his experience, Solomon remembers how warmly he was embraced by the local people. Because of their shared language and culture, communication was easy, and he quickly became part of the community.
During his three weeks in Asempanaye, Solomon woke up every morning by 6am his primary responsibility was to teach and mentor the kids in the school, and help design the curriculum. Because there weren’t enough teachers for all subjects, he became heavily involved in many aspects of the school, and heavily involved with the children. Much of the art in this series is inspired by the children he worked with, who were always kind, and helpful. In addition to teaching and mentoring, Solomon was also able to donate art materials to the kids. Since he did not have such resources growing up in Ghana, he wanted to make sure that he could provide them for the children there, and give the children a way to channel their joy.
Although his intention was to teach art, and help the less privileged children, the experience gave him more than he could have anticipated. The experience has led him to be inspired to continue helping the children in Asempanaye, and raise money for additional supplies for the children. The proceeds raised from the June 26th event will go to Solomon’s next trip to Ghana to enrich the lives of the children. To RSVP for a great night of art, music, and philanthropy, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contribute to Solomon’s journey and the lives of the children in need using Solomon’s GoFundMe page.