Hello World indeed, HEART is here!!
My name is Kristy Errington and I am the founder and current managing director of HEART. Through my own experience as an artist, dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, and Psych student I have always been aware of the Arts as mediums for healing, growth and support.
In 2010 I attended the WITS DRAMA FOR LIFE Conference where I spoke about the dance diversion programme I run at the Teddy Bear Clinic for young sex offenders. It was at this conference that I was inspired to work in the field of HIV/AIDS and broaden my work medium to include all Arts form. This initail seed of inspiratin to shape in the form of HEART; an HIV/AIDS Educative support programme through Arts and Recreational Teamwork.
HEART started running in 2012 and is currently being run as a holiday programme for the children and other community members of Nkosi’s Haven (a home for desolate HIV infected moms, their children or resultant orphans). Every holiday this year myself and other members of the HEART team have provided various different Arts workshops for the kids and caregivers at the Haven. Currently there are 6 of us on the team, our backgrounds ranging from; Dance, Theatra, Drama, Writting, and Art. Check out our profiles on our website here.. http://www.heart-artsa.co.za/the-team/
At the moment we are gearing towards the end of year showcase for all those participating in HEART 2012. Thanks to the generosity of Nadia Katz (HEART team member), all those involved in HEART are set to perform on the 13th October at the WITS theatre, alongside Nadia’s dance studio. This will provide us with an opportunity to perform on a great stage, showcase all our hard work, meet new friends, and have a great time! Next year we plan to sustain our involvment with Nkosi’s Haven and extend our reach to other such organizations in Jhb, SA. In order to sustain this growth we will be working towards expanding our team which means we are always open to new applicants. You can gain acces to put application from the following link; http://www.heart-artsa.co.za/application/
Simce we are just starting out, we need all the support we can get! This blog serves to create a platform of transparency for those involved in HEART and other Arts programmes to share experiences, ideas, and knowledge. With this blog we hope to inspire more people to get involved.