Topic: Aligning the Ugandan Arts Economy for sustainability
Date: 25th September 2021
The potential for the Culture and Creative sector to support sustainable development and offer equitable solutions and opportunities in Uganda, is gaining traction nonetheless with several milestones to achieve yet, when compared to other countries in Africa.
Kuonyesha Art Fund (KAF) hosted its first Arts Symposium; the arts and culture program that celebrates artists and the arts in all their diversity in Uganda. The symposium encouraged discourse on Aligning the Ugandan Arts economy for sustainability where Teesa Bahana, Director of Uganda Arts Trust, Tshaka Mayanja, a recognized music industry legend, and Prof. Anthony Kakooza, an intellectual property lawyer, were the symposium panelists.
The event was hosted live and virtually to a wide audience of numerous sector practitioners and was moderated by Owekitibwa Nuwa Wamala Nyanzi, a God-taught visual arts practitioner and consultant, and a member of the Kuonyesha Art Fund Advisory committee.
Kuonyesha Art Fund announced the recipients of its 2021 prize at the symposium, as well as launched the 2020 coffee table book titled 'Art Lives On,' which showcases visual documentation of the 2020 KAF alumni art projects and highlights of the artists’ personal growth stories.
Kuonyesha Art Fund, supported by her partners Stichting DOEN and Robert Bosch Stiftung, continues to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Uganda's arts sector, including the challenges and opportunities as articulated by various artists.
Namoe Ebokot, one of the Kuonyesha Art Fund partners for 2021, was one of the attendees. His art project uses cap-knitting and beaded crafts to encourage cattle raiders in his community to abandon the practice and engage in more peaceful activities that will allow them to become constructive and productive and live long enough to raise their children. Namoe is a major supporter of educating children because he feels that with education of the locals, Karamoja will become more peaceful and economically competitive with other regions such as Uganda's Kampala.
Youth Champions Conference
Date: 6th - 7th October 2021
Kuonyesha Art Fund was honoured to be part of the Youth Champions Conference this year. The conference honoured a group of young adults and youth peace champions who have become change agents in their communities and are leading the way in transforming their peers' beliefs. The initiative is a one-of-a-kind tailor-made project addressing peace and conflict and livelihood concerns among young adult and youth groups in post-war communities in in Karamoja sub-region in Uganda, courtesy of the (CECORE) Center for Conflict Resolution.