AL for The Arts
The AL for the Arts Network is purposed to meaningfully contribute to the development of the creative arts industries on the continent by creating a collaborative platform for ALA employer partners, students, alumni, staff and non-ALA affiliated artists to engage in various AL for the Arts initiatives and activities.
Mural Image created by: Emmanuel Mushy (ALA 2011)
The Creative Arts sector and the talent in Africa is enormous, and is significant to the economic development of many countries in Africa. The network encompasses the entirety of the creative economy, a term that encompasses the core individual artistic disciplines of visual arts, design, writing, theatre and performance, music as well as their related sub industries, e.g. advertising, publishing and distribution, in addition to arts and culture management and policy making. This is to enable a holistic and thriving creative economy development approach with avenues that showcase Africa’s rich heritage and culture. Additionally, the network aims to develop data and document stories of how art can be a force for development in Africa, through its envisioned shared success.
How will we achieve this?
Young African Talent
The AL for the Arts network serves to accelerate the development of the African cultural and creative economy. We do this by helping our young leaders build the capabilities require to rapidly grow in their careers, creating channels to share their work, and create opportunities for our network to engage with industry leaders and key stakeholders.
The AL for the Arts network seeks to ignite collaborative connections, mentorship, and access to capital for ventures and initiatives with our young artists across the continent and globally. We believe in the intersectionality of the arts to inspire collaborations across multiple sectors of society in achieving our vision of peace and shared prosperity for Africa.
Creating communities that build our collective capacity to tackle Africa’s grand challenges, as we accelerate the growth of our young artists and ignite collaboration creating communities of practice. We envision the AL for the Arts network becoming one-of-its-kind on the continent.
Stories of impact
Watch our art come to life through the stories of our alumni
Ny Ony Razafindratandra ’11 is a Malagasy singer, songwriter and performing artist. Publicly known by her stage name, Niu Raza, her music features a blend of African influences, telling diverse stories about the African continent and its people.
What's happening in AL for The Arts?
Art in Africa is an evolving and dynamic sector with endless amounts of talent to showcase
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Motswana photographer Towela Tembo ’19 uses multimedia to cross creative borders
When second-year ALA student Towela Chawezi Tembo (also known as Towela Kams) from Botswana picked up a camera for the very first time in 2015, she didn’t know that photography was going to be her doorway into the vast and colourful world of the creative arts.Read more
Tapiwa Gambura ’18 reclaims the African narrative through film
Tapiwa Gambura ’18 is an award-winning filmmaker from Zimbabwe.Read more