TAMPA, FL (Nov. 7, 2013) – More than two tons of hand-made, fair trade wares created by more than 200 East African artisans will be showcased at the annual I Love Africa marketplace at MOSI, Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17.
The public is invited to browse thousands of unique gifts and traditional crafts including: clothing, jewelry, wood carvings, metal sculptures, home furnishings, organic coffee, vibrant fabrics, bags, purses, stationary, baskets, children’s toys, dolls, Christmas ornaments, nativities and decorations.
Africa TrAid artisans are part of an economic development program that provides ongoing employment and training for men, women and children. With the income made from U.S. sales, artists have been able to buy land, livestock, food and medicine. Many have built homes and latrines and have been able to send their children, their siblings and themselves to school for the first time. The impact of one artisan earning a consistent income empowers an entire family to end the cycle of poverty brought on by the devastation of civil wars and famine.
“Working on the ground in Uganda, we see the impact every day of Ugandan people who are gaining independence with this new income and have new hope for their future,” says Africa TrAID co-founder Deb Gilbert. “Our artisans are very proud of their culture, and we’re excited to showcase their skilled craftwork.”
All Africa TrAid products are made using sustainable materials including: bone, cow horn, wood, soapstone, banana fibre, acholi (recycled magazines), coconut, recycled tin and scrap metal, textiles, and repurposed glass.
Proceeds benefit the following sustainability projects in Uganda: literacy, health and hygiene, agricultural, artisan training, AIDS awareness and prevention, and empowerment for women and girls.
A vibrant, festive marketplace, I Love Africa will take place at MOSI, Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Parking and admission to the marketplace is free, but MOSI admission is not included. For more information, call 813-971-1085 or visit http://africatraid.org/.
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About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology, and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation; The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness; or Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, which combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 35 elements on a 12 – 36-foot-high, multilevel structure, or soar 700 feet on the Sky Trail Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s new technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and preschoolers can experiment with friction and collision physics in Slippery Science, a PNC Passport to Science – Grow Up Great Initiative. Additionally, MOSI recently unveiled its newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA, where guests can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.