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An Accokeek native and Peace Corps volunteer is helping renovate and expand a local art center in Botswana.

Shanta Adeeb has been living and working in Botswana since 2011.

The art center, built in 1990, provides a studio space for local artists to create and display their work.

Artwork made in the center has been featured in exhibits and publications around the world, according to Peace Corps representatives.

The center is now in need of renovations to update infrastructure and provide the artists with more space, including a new craft shop, silk printing room and dark room.

A portion of funds for the project will be raised through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, a program that supports Peace Corps volunteer community projects.

“When I first arrived in my community, I was immediately inspired by the work being produced by these artists,” said Adeeb, a graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama. “The art created at the center continues to preserve and encourage pride in the cultural heritage of the people indigenous to the area. Because of the center, people around the world have learned about this community.”

Kelly McCormack, a Peace Corps spokeswoman, said 225 Maryland residents are currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers worldwide.