Sunday 25 August 2019

'Kunle Adewale Day’ in U.S… honour by Cincinnati Mayor

Kunle Adewale with members of Cincinnati community, in U.S.
John Cranley, Mayor of Cincinnati proclaimed August 2 'Kunle Adewale Day' in Cincinnati, Ohio- US. Declared on August 2, 2019, 'Kunle Adewale Day' was earned because of the honouree’s work as a trailblazing artist in the ‘Arts in Medicine’ field.

Adewale is an award winning international artist and a Young African Leader from Nigeria who actively engaged with the community for 11 days in Cincinnati, Ohio, US.

“Being honoured by the Mayor of Cincinnati is very humbling for me considering days of my little beginning and years of unwavering dedication and commitments to therapeutic community art engagements across the world,” Adewwale stated. “Having August 2 proclaimed ‘Kunle Adewale Day’ is a testament of my passion for development work, servant leadership, continuous intercontinental partnership with diplomatic missions, global art institutions, Professional arts in health organizations and my civic engagements through the arts.”

‘Kunle Adewale Day’ is dedicated to serve humanity through creative engagements in communities across Cincinnati, Ohio and Nigeria. A day like this is a reminder of being part of greater good and opportunity to make the world a better place. I’m grateful to the people of Cincinnati, Eyes of the Artists Foundation, Cincinnati Arts Association and Arts in Healing for providing me this privilege and prestige.”

Adewale is the founder of Tender Arts Nigeria, a Social enterprise and non-profit making organization that positively impacts children, youth and adults with focus on therapeutic art programs, art education, talent development and community development. He is also the Pioneer
of Arts in Medicine projects , a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, World Bank Social Inclusion Hero 2019 from Nigeria, 2019 Atlantic Fellow of Global Brain Health Institute, University of California, San Francisco and 2016 Commonwealth Youth Award Winner from West Africa region. Kunle has extensive expertise in the Arts in Healing area and has continued to expand his Arts in Medicine projects from Nigeria to the rest of the world.

Adewale is an innovative agent of change and creativity, making great strides in expanding the impact and value of arts around the world. His arts outreach has extended to those suffering from debilitating illness and developmental challenges. Adewale uses his art for cultural diplomacy, for bringing together individuals and communities divided by trauma.

He was invited to Cincinnati, Ohio to serve as Eye of the Artists Foundation’s first International Artist in Residence. Annie Ruth, who is also an international artist in the United States and the founder and creative director of Eye of the Artists Foundation, hosted Kunle Adewale August 2 through August 12, 2019.

Artist, Kunle Adewale.
“Our city was extremely blessed by Kunle Adewale’s visit to Cincinnati. We learned so much from his interaction with the community and exposing our youth to a dynamic artist was transformative for them. We are looking forward to more cultural and arts in medicine exchanges in the future”, said Annie Ruth. During his time in Cincinnati, he shared artist talks with students
and professionals provided art sessions with patients, caregivers, healthcare workers and other teaching artists in the community. Many of the community partners involved in this global exchange included Cincinnati Arts Association’s Arts in Healing, Center for Closing the Health Gap, New American Art Gallery II, New Prospect Summit Center and numerous others.

As a first-time visitor to Cincinnati, Adewale also met with Cincinnati’s Health Commissioner, experienced site visits to some of Cincinnati’s leading galleries, historical museums and cultural
centers; connected with local business and entrepreneurship partners through site visits, collaborative projects, and shadowing experiences. Members of the community were able to meet Kunle Adewale at numerous networking events throughout Cincinnati.

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