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Grantee: Friends of Mmofra

Project Title: Playtime: Then and Now
Year awarded: 2023, Round 3

Friends of Mmofra (FoMm) is a Spokane-based 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to support culture, nature, literacy and play globally. Mmofra means “Children” in Ghana’s Akan language. Since 2012, FoMm has directly engaged young people with artists, photographers, designers, architects, storytellers and musicians from across the globe, including a diverse array of multidisciplinary international collaborations.

In a new project, Mmofra brings together the photographs of late local photographer Willis E. Bell and the poetry of late Ghanaian writer Efua T. Sutherland. Bell’s beautiful black and white photos of children at play in Ghana will be juxtaposed with the delightful poems of the late Efua Sutherland, an author, poet and child advocate, curated into an outdoor exhibition reflecting the universality of play across place, culture and time.

With SAGA support, Friends of Mmofra will produce ten double-sided photo and poem montages and two contextual exhibition panels, each on an approximately 3 by 7 foot weather resistant pole banner to be secured to the twelve lamp posts along the path by the Ice Age Playground in Riverfront Park.