Vision & Mission
The African Arts Institute is a Cape Town-based NGO. Its overall objective is to promote participatory democracy, respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms and equitable social and human development in African countries by affirming the cultural dimension of development.
The African Arts Institute (AFAI) was established in February 2009 with a grant from Spier, a South African leisure company, and a well-known sponsor of the arts. Its primary role initially was to coordinate and provide administrative services to Arterial Network, a Pan-African civil society network that seeks to develop the arts in their own right, but also as means to contribute to democracy, human rights and development on the continent. The Executive Director of AFAI also served as the founding Secretary General of Arterial Network. Arterial Network and AFAI are now separate, independent legal entities with their own respective governance structures, programmes and offices.
The African Arts Institute’s vision is for a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable African creative sector that contributes to development, human rights and democracy on the continent, and projects African aesthetics and intellectual content into the international arena
The mission of the African Arts Institute is to harness relevant expertise, resources, infrastructure, markets, knowledge and information to help develop and sustain creative practice in Africa, and the protection and promotion of the continent’s cultural heritage and assets in line with our vision.