Over the last few weeks, we have been working alongside Khayelitsha resident Juma Mkwela to scope out the next steps for our collaboration. We are incredibly excited to share our plans with everyone!
The Divi Collaborative will be creating a permanent space where artists can gather, create, and hopefully soon, live. Plans are currently being drawn up for a community-center style gallery, housing artists of all disciplines. The ability to offer a physical space to artists will encourage their participation in the collaborative, whilst creating a center where we can display the art we have for sale.
What will the space offer?
Not only will the Collaborative be a place for traditional forms of art, but Juma Mkwela also hopes to create a space where live music and local cuisine can thrive. The hope is that The Divi Collaborative will begin as a gallery, and through the sale of their phenomenal local artwork, grow into something much bigger. Accommodation, live music, food carts, permanent exhibits, and a community garden are all in the plans. We’re hoping the Collaborative Space becomes a focal point for the community.
How does Divi fit in?
Some of you may remember Juma from his incredible Mandela Day efforts, where, using DIVI, he was able to secure enough funding to provide 67 meal packages to 67 families in his area.
His current plan envisages a container setup, similar to the Permatek design put forward by Divi CEO, Geoff McCabe. The containers exterior will feature large scale works of art from local artists, with plenty of reference to The Divi Project. On the inside, the artwork will be displayed for sale, and all products will be payable with cryptocurrency. Divi will be the currency of choice, and all interested people will have the option of learning about Divi, and how easily they can use it in their everyday life. We see potential here to run workshop sessions, aiming to educate residents on the benefits of cryptocurrency, and how we can use it to build more resilient and self-sufficient communities.
We’re excited to be helping develop an extremely beneficial use case for Divi. There is a lot of excitement in the community about what cryptocurrency and Divi in particular can offer. We believe that this space will be the first of many joint ventures between Encke Technologies and the people of Khayelitsha, and we are super excited to see where it takes us.
How can you help?
We are always searching for financial backing, so we can continue to support artists. With this next phase of the project, we’d love it if the community could come together to help financially. We’re accepting donations to the Collaborative DiviGo account, and every little bit counts. We will have a new website up soon, where everyone will be able to follow the journey.
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Alternatively, if you would like to get in contact with us to learn more about what we’re doing, and how you can help, please use the following email: email@example.com