GH man to 'Walk Across Michigan for Community Arts'

A Grand Haven man and his friends are going to walk across Michigan in efforts to continue to raise awareness of culture and education in Ghana. Sean Mackey of Grand Haven came up with the idea for a 220-mile walk just one month ago. Mackey and wife Amy, both college professors, and their children had spent a year in Ghana and got the chance to experience Ghanaian culture and what their education system is like. The walk is being called "Walk Across Michigan for Community Arts' and will start on Monday.
May 2, 2011


This event is a continuation of fundraising and awareness efforts of Mary Mitchell, owner of Fat Chix Coffee Cantina. Mitchell collaborated to come up with the idea to do a project for ArtPrize 2011after her sister, Amy Mackey, returned from a sabbatical in Ghana. They are helping to build a schoolhouse in that country.

There are many components that organizers of these projects/events are trying to raise awareness of, according to Mackey. They want people to be aware of how many children are educated under trees (because there aren’t enough school buildings). Culture, art and music are also important aspects, he said.

Children have to walk many miles each day to get to school and back home.

“It will take a student in the village where we are building the school 18 days to cover the same distance as the walk,” said Mackey. “The walk is not to raise awareness about children walking, but about using what strengths we have to improve life. Additionally, because this walk is about community and art, we are promoting the need to get involved in a community art project that will bring together more than a thousand people including drummers and dancers from Ghana to create a collaborative art piece for ArtPrize this year.”

Mackey said that there will be three other people taking the walk with him: a non-profit worker, a fellow student and a former student. They will be starting their journey in Port Huron at Conger-Lighthouse Beach on Monday and will complete their adventure at the Grand Haven lighthouse on May 9.

For additional information on the walk: or like them on Facebook at WAMCA.

Read more of this story in today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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