“Art Across Oceans” was an international art program in partnership between the Kohl Children’s Museum and  Play Africa, an emerging children’s museum in Johannesburg, South Africa. The program created a cultural exchange between children of the greater Chicago area and the greater Johannesburg area using art and play – two universal media. Two Kohl Children’s Museum educators, Tim Abel & Erika Gray, traveled to South Africa in March 2016, and two South African artists, Ayesha Price from Cape Town and Khehla Chepape Magkato from Johannesburg, came to Chicago in April 2016 to help children create monoprints and digital animations that reflect their homes and communities. The program was made possible through a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

This was a multi-faceted project, artworks were created collaboratively and individually both in Johannesburg, ZA and the Chicagoland area.

Here are documentation galleries for each of the three aspects of the project:


name & place animation

final celebration

The monoprint project, writing first names and places identified as home projects were used to create three separate stop-motion animations. Here are links to each of these finalized projects:

In the making: collaborative monoprinting

Creating community through Names: collection as animation

Act of creating place: writing as animation