Aimee Bessire, visiting associate professor of art and visual culture at Bates College, and Mark Bessire, director at the Portland Museum of Art, discuss the founding of Africa Schoolhouse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing quality education to rural villages in Northern Tanzania, and the impact of African art in the United States.

They spoke on campus, joined by architects Pamela W. Hawkes and T. Scott Teas, of Scattergood Design, who have worked with the Bessires on the construction of the first girls’ boarding school in rural Misungwi District, providing a safe educational environment through sustainable architecture.

Their talk was presented in conjunction the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.