On Friday March 18, children living around Portland Primary School had their work exhibited after completing a two-month art education programme with the Mark Jeneker Foundation at the school.
About 50 children attend the after-school programme, where they paint, draw and sculpt.
Lentegeur artist and foundation founder Mark Jeneker has been hosting the programme in different parts of Mitchell’s Plain since last year (“Kids explore creativity in art programme”, Plainsman October 6, 2021).
It culminates with an art exhibition and graduation, where he pays tribute to the children with their parents present.
“We also implement life skills with our art programme as we talk to the children and get to know them during the sessions,” he said.
Mr Jeneker is assisted by volunteers and had the support of the City of Cape Town and the National Lotteries Commission to host the programme.
“I would like to give a special thanks to Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, Sub-council 17 chairman Elton Jansen, the National Lotto, Portland Primary School principal Eleonor Braaf, teacher Fahiema Clayton, teacher Kouthar Petersen and the community of Portland for allowing the Mark Jeneker Foundation to work in their community,” he said.