The Special Projects unit provides community outreach and awareness programmes, particularly focusing on the enormous impact that the creative industries can have in addressing issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, especially in raising awareness of the disease and facilitating a culture of healing and positive living through the processes of art and craft.
The unit has many outreach programmes, including Paper Prayers, At-Risk Children and Orphans with NOAH’s arks – Artists in Arks, public art commissions and advocacy murals, as well as partnerships. Additionally, the Special Projects unit has developed a holistic approach to promoting social change through art and craft by making innovative connections with the Education unit. Engagement with various social issues provides an opportunity for the students to give back to their communities while gaining significant life and work experience. This approach aims at growing committed, skilled, and professional artists who make meaningful contributions in society through outreach. Income for the Special Projects unit comes primarily from public art commissions, donations and grants.