This is truly a “hands on” experience! Kokrobitey institute supports development in Ghana by facilitating projects and programs that demonstrate the intersections between art, culture, design, health, sustainability, literacy, and development through education. They offer a range of short and long-term residential programs: workshops, seminars and internships as well as semester-long programs with participating universities for a local and international community of learners. Kokrobitey creates opportunities for international groups to live and learn, experiencing the challenges and excitement of navigating between the worlds of the traditional cultures and that of the emerging market economy. Participants explore ways in which art, design and the environment support development through product, performance and discourse.
The Institute is in the process of building their capacity to recycle used glass bottles into useful and decorative items. Wine and beer bottles are collected from surrounding communities and are cut, polished, and used to make items such as candles, wine glasses, storage containers, and jewelry. Today, you will be engaged in all stages of the making process using limited materials and simple, yet innovative, techniques. After lunch, you will move on to learn the sophisticated weaving techniques used in the creation of the kente cloth. At the end of the day, take your own creation back to the ship with you.