Introducing myself and my journal: Using the ARTS! to speak OUT!

Deyana Thomas
Posted May 18, 2014 from South Africa

About Me: I am the Director for Curriculum Development Project in Johannesburg and NGO of 25 years. We focus on using the arts to develop programs to empower children, youth and women. We are passionate about advocating for the voices of women and children to be heard. Our organisation has 3 units: 1. Early Childhood Development Unit; 2. Schools Unit; 3. Women's Unit. A large number of our programmes are run nationally in South Africa. In our Women's Unit we have an Arts as Advocacy Project; Art as Economic Liberation Project, Train the Trainer Project, Naledi Yameso and a Human Rights Awareness in Schools Project. Our organisation is currently developing a regional Teaching and Learning Hub through the Arts. We are very keen to partner with Organisations both Nationally and. Internationally. Contact us on: and find us on. Facebook and Twitter.

My Passions: Empowering and uplifting women and children in underprivileged communities

My Challenges: Minimum support from government and lack of funds

My Vision for the Future: To make a difference in marginalized communities and to expand to other communities

My Areas of Expertise: Arts, Education, Early Childhood Development, Training

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  • Nusrat Ara
    May 19, 2014
    May 19, 2014

    Dear friend,

    Welcome to WorldPulse! You are now part of a thriving community of women from all parts of the world. See the Online Community Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community:

    Please explore the site to meet the women and also find the groups of your interest.

    I look forward to hearing your voice in the community!

    In friendship,

  • hanasazi
    May 19, 2014
    May 19, 2014

    Dear Deyana, I am an arts advocate in my community and having learned so much about the power of the arts to heal, to empower, to enhance activism, to enrich local economies and more, I have been hoping to find more women on World Pulse who are also advocating for a greater use of the arts in advocating for women and in activism for the various worthy causes so many of our World Pulse sisters are working toward. Thanks you so much, and I look forward to reading what you share in your journal!

    Love and Gratitude, and respect for the work you are doing, Hannah

  • hanasazi
    May 23, 2014
    May 23, 2014

    I just visited the CDP website and I was truly impressed with the work your organization is doing for women and children in South Africa. The images of the artworks the women are creating are spectacular - your site is very nice, but if there's anything I would want to see, it's more examples of the art created by women in the various programmes you offer, and perhaps a blog section where you can relay the art and images of the most recent activities of your organization. Intrigued and wanting to see more, I clicked the Recent Activities tab and found that you had been tapped for Executive Director in 2012. I just wanted to congratulate you on your many accomplishments and for being chosen to replace the former Ex. Dir., and though it has been two years since she passed away, to offer my condolences for the loss of Charlotte Schaer. Art Heals - Art Saves - Art makes the world a better place by ensuring that right-brain(feminine) principles and methods of consuming information are not silenced by the left-brain masculine, but continue to have their balancing influence on society at large. Many sincere praises are due for putting art to work in such a productive way for the women and children of South Africa! You are EPIC!