FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE ARTS AND CULTURE TRUST (ACT) IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES OF THE ACT BUILDING BLOCKS PROGRAMME 2020 FUNDED BY THE NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL (NAC)
The open call for the ACT Building Blocks Programme ran from the 5th of October to the 31stof October 2020 and saw more than 200 applications compete for a spot on the programme starting virtually in January 2021.
The Building Blocks Programme has historically been one of ACT’s most impactful programmes in the arts and culture sector, empowering a large number of arts and culture practitioners across South Africa to bolster their professional and business acumen with an arts specific framework.
As a means to support and bolster the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of small (microbusiness) to mid-level organisations and arts practitioners, the extensive and updated ACT Building Blocks curriculum, will cover:
- Digital Skills
- Governance and Monitoring & Evaluation
- ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) in the art
The selection process for the 2021 cohort has changed from previous years to assure an equal reach in all 9 provinces of our country. The selection committee has selected 5 artists/organisations form each province.
The 45 successful applicants are:
Mogomotsi Simon Moshire Maphutha
Mandisi Heshu Heshu
Reshoketswe Daphney Teffo
Antonia Ayabulela Gidi
Kim Blanche Adonis
Alfred Charles Hinkel
Rodrick Kuthula Mavundla
Mosimane Moses Jacobs
Pule Joseph Tsholofelo
ACT CEO Marcus Desando says: “During these very trying and worrisome times of the COVID -19 pandemic, it is heart-warming to see the number of organisations and artists throughout our country showing interest in further enhancement of their skills as administrators and project managers. We as the ACT are looking forward to welcoming these latest additions to the ACT family through this programme and hope that, they will be part of a renewed hope for our sector.”
Through the Building Blocks Programme we strive to increase the capacity and sustainability of South African arts and culture organisations and practitioners, small and mid-level creative enterprises and entrepreneurial artists. The Building Blocks Programme will strengthen the operational infrastructure of the programme participants by providing technical assistance and relevant developmental tools through Masterclasses and mentoring and in so doing serving the creative sector holistically.
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Notes to editors
Over 25 years of arts funding
The ACT is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes ACT provides support to all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. For more information please visit the Trust’s website. Follow ACT on Twitter or like the ACT’s Facebook page.
The National Arts Council was established in April, 1997 through an act of parliament (Act no.56 of 1997). The vision of the NAC is to promote, through the arts, the free expression of South Africa’s cultures. The NAC offers financial support to arts organisations and individuals involved with projects in dance and choreography, literature; multi-discipline; theatre and musical, theatre, visual arts and craft.