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Professor Emeritus celebrates decade-long collaboration with Zimbabwe artists

November 19, 2009

  • Dick with sadza painter Pamidzai Rinomhota
    Dick with sadza painter Pamidzai Rinomhota

After teaching at Lewis & Clark for 24 years, Richard Adams, associate professor emeritus of sociology, retired to begin a new career as executive director of the Zimbabwe Artists Project (ZAP).

Beginning with a sabbatical in 1992, Adams spent two years developing a Lewis & Clark overseas study program in Zimbabwe that focused on issues of gender and social change.

He led Lewis & Clark students on overseas study programs in Zimbabwe in 1994, 1997 and 1999.

After traveling in Weya, an agricultural-based community about 100 miles from Zimbabwe’s capital, he made a commitment to finding a market for Weya women artists who craft colorful quilts and paintings that tell stories of village life.

Since then, ZAP has helped these artists sustain their families during a decade that has been disastrous economically for all Zimbabweans.

The South Whidbey Record features a discussion with Adams about his work.


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