Thursday, April 23, 2009
FRANCES "NIELAH" BRADLEY
A Flint, MI native Frances began her training under the guidance of her father, Bruce Bradley, at Creative Expressions Dance Studio. She served as an instructor and choreographer for the Flintstone Hoofers. A 2006 graduate of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts with a BFA in Illustration she worked recently for the world renowned Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia. In 2009, Frances was selected to train with world renowned performer, Savion Glover for a year at his newest dance studio, The Hooferz Club. She was the featured soloist and tap dancer for international touring company, Illstyle and Peace Productions. Other notable performances would include: “Tap Masters Honorarium” in Oklahoma City, Savion Glover’s “Footnotes” in Detroit, MI, The 2000 National Tap Dance Day “Tap Extraganza” in New York City, “Bubblin’ Brown Sugar” in Atlanta GA and the West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival in Philadelphia.
As a visual artist, Bradley has been recognized through the National Conference of Artist in Philadelphia where she received the Artist Legacy Award and awarded studio space through 40th St. Artist in Residence Program in Philadelphia. Because of her strong passion for social change through the arts, she founded The Murals for Mali Project a project based organization dedicated to teaching diverse forms of art to communities in the countries of Mali and using mural art to beautify the impoverished areas. From the fall of 2008 to 2010, Frances has been the Exhibition Assistant at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and Art Instructor for the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia. Her work has also been featured in publications such as Ghubar Magazine, an online, International fashion magazine based in Paris, France, art galleries, and commissioned walls of homes throughout the east coast and nationally.
SALIMATA FANDJALAN BANGOURA
(FOUNDER, President of One Laptop Per Child-Mali)
Born in the Ivory Coast, with roots in the West African countries of Mali and Guinea, growing up in Flint, Michigan, and married to a Jewish guy from Arlington, MA, Salimata Fandjalan Bangoura brings a contagious energy to her unique experiences and perspective. She graduated from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program in New York City, with self-designed majors in International Health and Urban Sustainable Development. She worked as a Web Producer at LAPTOP Magazine, where she was introduced to the one laptop per child project.
Sali has always had a desire to give back, a love for children, and a love for technology and gadgets. When she moved back to Mali in 2007 she saw a chance to join all these together. She took with her one XO laptop designed by OLPC to test with children there and report on for LAPTOP Magazine (http://www.laptopmag.com/news/trends/OLPC-XO-Goes-to-Africa.aspx). The enthusiasm of the children, teachers, and of the entire community moved her to start up the OLPC Mali organization (www.olpcmali.org), whose goal is to provide laptops to the children of Mali to be used as learning tools. Sali was the founder and president of the organization and ran a Pre-Pilot Summer Camp Program in 2008 with 30 students and 30 XO computers, the first of its kind in Mali. The exciting results made her even more determined and she recently made a trip to the historic city of knowledge, Tombouctou, in Northern Mali, to gather information on schools in the region and begin to plan for the next program.
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