Proactive Growth Initiator in the Creative Economy
What we do
Proactive growth initiator in the creative economy
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts and culture funding and development non-profit organisation.
ACT is democratic South Africa’s first organisation to create public-private partnerships that serve the arts, culture and creative sector. Today, ACT administers five programmes sponsored by partners in the public and private sectors to create targeted, tangible outcomes for the sector.
In 1994, the newly-established Ministry of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (now the Department of Arts & Culture) responded to an invitation from Nedcor Bank and Sun International to set up a body for arts and culture, similar to the Sports and Green Trusts, which were established earlier. In this way, the first three Founding Trustees came together to secure financial and other resources for arts and culture, and to project the needs and role of the sector into the public domain. Each of the Founding Trustees contributed one million rand, which was invested in a Trust Fund, to ensure sustainability and to minimise dependence on annual grants.At the same time, a Board of Trustees, made up of leading art practitioners and administrators, was established. Its task was to implement the funding policies, to evaluate projects and to decide on funding allocations. Former President Nelson Mandela endorsed the initiative and agreed to serve as the Patron-in-Chief of ACT. In this way, it came to be called the Arts & Culture Trust of the President during his term of office (1994-1999).
During the first five years, two further Founding Trustees – the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Vodacom – joined ACT and contributed to the Trust endowment. Thus, the partnership between the private sector, government and local cultural community was extended to include international cooperation.
Historical ACT Programmes
Watch the live launch and unveiling of the
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Only one week remains to apply
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPEN CALL: THE ARTS AND
The ACT Tlholo ‘Uncovering Solutions’ project was