The Artisan, Volume 5
As we celebrated Youth Month, I began pondering more deeply on how we go about our day-to-day operations at the National Arts Council (NAC) in relation to prioritising youth development appropriately, and truly acknowledging our leaders of tomorrow as the inheritors of the efforts we make today.
When a Spanish clown named Tortell Poltrona entered a refugee camp in the war-torn Balkans in the early 1990s to bring laughter to hundreds of distressed children, he noticed something first-hand that simply couldn’t be ignored – the healing power of laughter.
Following the National Arts Council’s (NAC) sterling performance over the previous financial year, having received its first clean audit since inception, NAC Chief Financial Officer Dumisani Dlamini, was lauded at the 2016 CFO Awards.
It’s not often that we as artists take a moment to thank the people who work hard behind the scenes to make it possible for us to grow and hone our craft. It is for this reason I’m sharing this story with you, to show my gratitude to those who have helped me towards realising a dream I had previously thought was unattainable.
At 33, Same Mdluli has achieved what most people only dream of achieving in a lifetime. This dynamic, bold and fiercely intelligent young woman is in the process of blazing trails for young artists and presenting them with opportunities that previously did not exist.