Photo: Ishimwe Bertrand in front of some of his artwork on display at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre.
UPDATED JUNE 30, 2017 WITH PHOTOS OF THE EXHIBIT (SEE BELOW)
Ishimwe Bertrand is a young man from Kigali, Rwanda, whose story is tragic, yet triumphant. The talented young artist has dedicated his life to bringing hope to the youth of Rwanda. Our community will have a chance to view his stunning visual works at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre in an upcoming featured exhibit.
When the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi began, Bertrand’s parents had to flee while his mother was pregnant with him. Upon return when the country was liberated, everything the family owned was gone, and most members of his mother’s family were lost in the horrid human massacre. Bertrand’s parents were forced to raise their children on the streets.
A British man found Bertrand and recognized his artistic abilities and funded his education. Bertrand has decided to pay it forward and founded an organization, Irembo Foundation, that is dedicated to improving the community life and sustainability in educational aspect for the street kids, kids from vulnerable families and orphans.
Ishimwe Bertrand is visiting the U.S. in June and July, sharing and selling his art to raise awareness and support for his Irembo Foundation. You can see Bertrand’s work from June 29-Aug. 20, 2017, at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, located in the west side of St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., St. Peters, MO.
Learn more about St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre at www.stpetersmo.net/arts.