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The Acrylic Melody exhibition is an initiative that seeks to bring together artists from around the world to give a helping brush. The first fundraising art exposition was held from February 18th - 28th, 2016. The AME initiative displays and sells music-inspired wood block paintings (20x20cm) by artists and art enthusiasts from over 20 countries. All proceeds will go towards scholarships for students at our music academies in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

The Acrylic Melody exhibition is an initiative that seeks to bring together artists from around the world to give a helping brush.

The first fundraising art exposition was held from February 18th - 28th, 2016. The AME initiative displays and sells music-inspired wood block paintings (20x20cm) by artists and art enthusiasts from over 20 countries. All proceeds will go towards scholarships for students at our music academies in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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At Music Crossroads, we put every effort into supporting talented young people in Africa by<br />

providing them with music education and training.<br />

We are very grateful to all the artists who have seen value in what we do and decided to donate<br />

their work of art to this fundraising initiative.<br />

<strong>The</strong> beautiful works you will see at the exhibition were inspired by music. Music means much<br />

more to the young people we work with than any of us could ever imagine. In the challenging<br />

environments within their home countries, music has given our students a chance to make a<br />

living, a way of earning respect and credibility within their communities and for some, a reason<br />

to live.<br />

This is why we strive to provide the best possible education and opportunities and - with your<br />

support - we may continue to help these young people develop and use their musical talents,<br />

empowering them through music.<br />

On behalf of these young people, we thank you.<br />

Joe Herrmann<br />

(Music Crossroads’ Director)<br />

Art, such as music, has its focus through the “free-crossing” of experiences and geographical<br />

references, also thanks to a conceptual and contemporary expressive nomadism. In this<br />

framework, a new geographical communication emerges from which we can observe an art of<br />

endless “crossing” or exchange. <strong>The</strong> result is multiple artistic and symbolic productions, where<br />

classical and new iconographies are well-balanced.<br />

<strong>The</strong> intention of the Music Crossroads Acrylic Melody Exhibition is to achieve a sort of synergy<br />

between thought and organisation in phenomenology, as it regards contemporary art and music<br />

from different cultural contexts.<br />

<strong>The</strong> participating artists, art students and enthusiasts all come from a variety of different countries<br />

and/or cultures. In carefully observing each of the over 85 panels donated, we can see colours and<br />

forms uniquely manifest on wood. Each painting tells a personal story of musical emotion and/or<br />

reason, looking for a language in which we can find the “melody” of surrounding artistic values<br />

mixed with energy. It is an exchange between different traditions. In each work technique joins<br />

sensibility, evolving into a material expression of rhythm, harmony, colour, gesture and thought,<br />

paying its tribute to music.<br />

Through its empowerment of African youth through music education, non-profit organisation<br />

Music Crossroads has shown how artistic and cultural expression bring people together for<br />

social betterment. <strong>The</strong> relationship formed between art and music in the context of their Acrylic<br />

Melody initiative is clearly a positive and effective example, which further stresses the universal<br />

significance of culture, music and the arts in society.<br />

Genny Di Bert<br />

Art Critic and Historian

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