FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE ARTS AND CULTURE TRUST (ACT) REACHES ANOTHER MILESTONE AS IT ANNOUNCES THE SECOND WAVE OF SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES FOR THE ACT BUILDING BLOCKS PROGRAMME 2021 FUNDED BY THE NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL (NAC).

The open call for the second virtual ACT Building Blocks Programme ran from the 17th of February to the 3rd of March 2021 and saw more than 160 applicants from across the country compete for a spot on the programme starting online in May 2021.

The Building Blocks Programme remains one of ACT’s most impactful and relevant programmes in the arts and culture sector, empowering a large number of arts and culture practitioners across South Africa to hone their professional and business development within an arts specific framework.

As a means to support and bolster the entrepreneurial spirit and strengthen the resilience of small (microbusiness) to mid-level organisations and arts practitioners, the extensive and updated ACT Building Blocks curriculum, will cover:

  • Digital Skills
  • Marketing
  • Governance and Monitoring & Evaluation
  • ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) in the arts

 

The selection process for the 2021 cohort has changed from previous years to assure an equal reach in all 9 provinces of our country. A selection committee selected up to 5 deserving artists/organisations from each province.

The 43 successful applicants are:

Gauteng:

  • Buhle Martha Radebe – Individual
  • Sifiso Ngwane – Organisation (Moonstone Tales)
  • Lungile Zaphi – Organisation (Morris Isaacson Centre of Music)
  • Lethabo Gumede – Individual
  • Kganya Mogashoa – Individual

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal:

  • Goodman Majola – Organisation (Mary Gray Theatre Projects)
  • Dane Duwane Francis – Individual
  • Jarryd Watson – Organisation (The Wentworth Arts and Culture Organisation)
  • Noxolo Thandeka Mlungwana – Individual

 

Free State:

  • Lerato George Thulo – Organsiation (Raycreek (Pty) Ltd)
  • Lana Combrinck – Individual
  • Pheello Rasello – Organisation (Black Roots Productions (Pty) Ltd)
  • Berlina Medupi – Organisations (Tidimalo Dance and Theatre Productions)
  • Lehlohonolo Mabaso – Individual

 

Limpopo:

  • Rendani Fulufhelo Mashau – Individual
  • Makwena Manamela – Organisation (Deft PR)
  • Mashapa Sesera – Organisation (Xclusive Spot Theatre)
  • Nthwaleng Selina Tlaka – Organisation (Ipopeng Cultural Group)
  • Sello Matsemela – Organisation ( Manyalo Music Awards)

 

Eastern Cape:

  • Litha Ncokazi – Organisation (Art Versatile Institute for Arts Development, Entrepreneurship and Research)
  • Sibusiso Molefe – Individual (BANG Entertainment)
  • Heidi Sincuba – Individual (Sincuba Studios)
  • Ryan Carlo Campher – Individual
  • Gary Ndlovu – Individual

 

Western Cape:

  • Christie v Zyl – Individual
  • Mboneleli Gqirana – Organisation (iKhaya eLitsha Hub)
  • Xolane Marman – Individual
  • Ralton Nolan – Individual
  • Kirsten Pienaar – Organisation (Biblioteek Productions)

 

Northern Cape:

  • Balfour Lekgwathi – Organisation (On The Beat Communications)
  • Richie Cloete – Individual
  • Vuyo Mayesa – Individual
  • Monnapula Maranda – Individual
  • Arnold Matthews – Individual

 

North West:

  • Amogelang Mokonoko – Individual
  • Thina Minya – Individual (MaCa – Mareledi Centre of ARTS)
  • Thabo Mauco – Individual
  • Nonhlanhla Pitseng – Organisation (Raikaga Performing Arts)
  • Tshepo Mothudi – Individual

 

Mpumalanga:

  • Smangele Theledi – Organisation (Youth Nest Foundation NPC)
  • Speelman Mabena – Organisation (SM Pro Studios)
  • Clement Mokoena – Individual (FunkMusiq)
  • Joseph Mandla Mahlangu – Organisation (Joed Multipurpose Organisation)

 

ACT CEO Marcus Desando says: “After the outcomes of the previous iteration  of the ACT Building Blocks Programme it is very exciting for us to welcome another cohort of participants who will experience the extensive masterclasses and mentoring that is part of this programme. ACT as an organisation is highly encouraged by the calibre of participants who have applied and the fortunate ones who were chosen. We wish them enrichment and fortitude through this programme and its impact on us all.”

A graduate from the first iteration of the revamped Building Blocks Programme commented; “The points that were covered were relevant to my work and situations, problems or solutions I had encountered. There was a nice flow between given information and discussions.”

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.

 

Stay safe and practise social solidarity and physical distancing.

Together we will rise!

#Covid19

 

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Notes to editors

Over 27 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.

 

ENDS