OPEN CALL: THE ARTS AND CULTURE TRUST (ACT) BUILDING BLOCKS PROGRAMME 2021 FUNDED BY THE NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL (NAC)
The newly redesigned and dynamic ACT Building Blocks Programme, geared towards developing entrepreneurial minded arts practitioners, has proven so successful that a second national interation has been funded by the NAC for 2021. This open call will run from the 17th of February to the 3rd of March 2021.
The Building Blocks Programme is one of ACT’s most impactful programmes in empowering a large number of arts and culture practitioners across South Africa to bolster their professional and business acumen with an arts specific framework. In early 2021 ACT presented the updated Building Blocks curriculum to arts and culture practioners from across South Africa. The new curriculum addresses current challenges and offers tangible business solutions for sustainability in the arts and culture sector.
The Building Blocks Programme is a capacity building programme with a focus on small (micro-business) to mid-level organisations and arts practitioners in the form of Masterclasses focused on;
- Digital Skills
- Governance and Monitoring & Evaluation
- ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) in the arts
The master class learnings will be applied to a current project that the individual or organisation is conducting through assignments given throughout the course. Each participant will also receive individual mentoring on the development of the project that was put forward in the online application to the Building Blocks Programme.
Through the Building Blocks programme we strive to increase the capacity and sustainability of South African arts and culture organisations and practitioners, small and mid-level creative enterprises and entrepreneurial artists. The Building Blocks Programme will strengthen the operational infrastructure of the programme participants by providing technical assistance and relevant developmental tools through Masterclasses and mentoring and in so doing serving the creative sector holistically.
The Building Blocks Programme is robust and rigorous business developmental programme requiring participants to conduct themselves professionally and with a level of commitment towards curriculum completion.
ACT CEO Marcus Desando says: “ACT has commited itself to consistently delivering opprotunities to impact the arts and culture sector through skills development and empowerment-focused activites. The ACT Building Blocks makes it possible for us to achieve this and we are proud that the development of this programme has become a regular activity for us an organisation.”
Applications Open: 17 February 2021
Applications Close: 3 March 2021
Outcomes: 2 April 2021
- Due to capacity only 5 companies/oganisations/artists from each province in South Africa will be selected to participate.
- Only South African nationals may apply and projects must take place in South Africa. Allocation of programme slots is at the discretion of the ACT board of trustees. The decision about all applications for participation is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
Stay safe and practise social solidarity and physical distancing.
Together we will rise!