Can art be activism? Can art create policy? Can art change the world? Art is not only a valuable means of self-expression, it can also support change.
Let’s do our part in helping to stop the spread of Corona Virus, by using our art to spread awareness.
ART & SOCIAL AWARENESS
Art can be a vehicle for us to transcend the boundaries of what we currently know or think, and act as a tool for us to interrogate our current beliefs, critically examine our world and our role and responsibilities as occupants within it. Works of fiction based on factual realities can be more comfortable vehicles than raw truth, to stimulate and challenge us to start conversations, investigate and take action for change.
As BE Afrika we will be applying through our CreativeList program and will be picking a number of creatives to collaborate with. One major issue when it comes to creating content, especially video and photography is how to practice social distancing on set.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS ON KSHS. 100M ARTISTS’ STIMULUS PROGRAMME
Following the launch of the Kshs. 100m Artists’ Stimulus Program on 10th May 2020 by Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage and the unveiling of the “Together at Home” campaign, I am delighted to inform you that the call for applications is now officially launched.
All interested artists, musicians and actors are invited to immediately submit their proposals on artistic productions for consideration by the Ministry.
We are cognizant of the fact that Kenya has over 100,000 creatives and that the available funding may not be sufficient to cover all artists engaged within the creative economy. Therefore, this will be a competitive process.
This programme will be implemented by the following Departments and Agencies who will also be responsible for disbursement of funds to persons selected to engage in the project: the Permanent Presidential Music Commission (PPMC) which will facilitate the participation of musicians, DJs, dancers and Acapella groups in all their categories; Department of Culture will cover comedians and visual artists; the Kenya Cultural Centre responsible for actors, poets, story-tellers, theatre, including radio theatre and mimes; the National Museums of Kenya which will oversee mural and graffiti artists while the Kenya Film Commission will manage all matters film & content creation.
The application portal domiciled on the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage’s is now open. Creatives across the country are invited to submit their applications. Interested practitioners can now visit www.sportsheritage.go.ke and fill in the provided application forms for consideration. The criteria are spelt out on the website under the various genres.
The Ministry shall endeavour to guarantee participation reach in all the 47 Counties, ensure gender parity and pay particular emphasis on the 30% reservation for vulnerable groups including Persons Living with Disability. The Departments and Agencies will be assisted by an academy of professional creatives from different disciplines in the selection process.
We would like to assure industry practitioners and the general public of that the selection process will be fair, transparent and accountable in the selection of content providers and distribution of funds.
You can also track the progress of the respective programs on various digital & social media (Kulture-tv on all platforms and running with the hashtag #togetherathome #PamojaNyumbani).
Josephta O. Mukobe, (Ms) CBS,
State Department for Culture and Heritage
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