The Artisan, Volume 1
The South African arts and culture landscape has changed tremendously over the years. Amidst the need for transformation and the increased impact of globalisation the National Arts Council remained steadfast in its mission to develop and promote excellence in the arts.
South Africa’s heritage and cultural diversity is one of its greatest assets. From the rich poetry of precolonial times, to protest theatre, to the tradition of storytelling, the country’s heritage is inextricably bound to the arts.
Art therapy is an underdeveloped and often underappreciated profession. Yet, its ability to respond analytically and creatively to conditions in the community makes it a valuable tool in responding to social issues. Its practitioners believe that expressive arts therapy holds the potential to promote human dignity and improve quality of life.
Throughout August the NAC celebrated all women working in the creative industries in SA, as part of its mandate to empower a wide range of women working in all aspects of the arts nationwide. Of the R17 million awarded by the NAC this year, over one-third went to women-led projects in the fields of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, craft, literature and multi-discipline.
I remember the first night I arrived in Toronto I thought to myself; "Wow, I'm in a first world country!"
African Arts Institute And National Arts Council Collaborate On 2015/16 South African Handbook On Arts And Culture
A new edition of The South African Handbook on Arts and Culture is now available, published by the African Arts Institute (AFAI), with the NAC as the primary partner.