The Communal Bowl: Exploring Art, Education and Health in Mali

The Communal Bowl project was founded by a group of four students (Rie Ohta '13.5, Tyler Lowell '13, Emily Goldman '14, Eliza Reynolds '14) and a professor (Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, Senior Lecturer in Theater Arts and Performance Studies) from Brown University who received a Team Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award to work in Mali from July 8 - July 31. The project explores the link between education, performance and sustainability, looking specifically at the issue of malnutrition in Mali and the opportunity for positive and locally powered change through the use of artistic expression. It will culminate with a day-long conference at the Yeredon Center (founded and run by Professor Bach-Coulibaly and her husband and celebrated Malian dancer, Seydou Coulibaly) in Bamako, that will bring together local artists and local NGOs and explore the imporant interface between these two groups and the power of performance in creating and empowering change. The Communal Bowl Documentary is also being filmed by one member of the team (Tyler Lowell '13) and will examine a day in the life of a Malian through what is put on their plate, the process by which it gets there, and the access that different stratifications of society have to nutrional elements of the diet.

Their blog, The Communal Bowl, will explore their work leading up to the conference, but also their daily lives in Bamako as dance, music, language and culture students!

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  • Emily Goldman | September 5th, 2011
    This story is a month old but due to some internet failures and travel craziness I haven't been able to post it in a timely manner. So we can all pretend that it is still late July...     Filen, Seko ni Donko am Balokonyuman Le Bol...
  • Eliza in Mali
    Eliza Reynolds | July 25th, 2011
    I have been in Mali for two and a half weeks: physically overwhelming, intense, ecstatic, dusty weeks. I have been using a personal blog on Tumblr to catalogue my experiences, thoughts, photos and videos and want to share this link with the Global...
  • Ji Ni Jela, a village outside of Bamako
    Emily Goldman | July 25th, 2011
    Today we learned about witches. No, I am not just saying that because the latest Harry Potter movie came out. No, I’m not referring to some stereotypical wart-covered old white woman stirring a giant cauldron in late October. Rather, I am talking...
  • Emily Goldman | July 20th, 2011
      This past week has been a total whirlwind. We went to Seydou’s nephew’s wedding, took dance and drum class, attended our first balinee (teenage street dance party), went to the market and wandered all over, hosted a musical extravaganza on...
  • Rie Ohta | July 15th, 2011
    Relaxing has never been one of my strong points. Going from the fast paced city life of Yokohama/Tokyo Japan, to the rush and bustle of college hill, having lots of things to do and little time to do it in was, to me, the natural order of things....
  • Emily Goldman | July 14th, 2011
    I was last in Mali two years ago and it looked a little something like this; 48 hour bus rides to and from Mali accompanied exclusively by rams bound for slaughter, my friends contracting parasitic worms with staph infection, urinary tract...