Celebrating New Beginnings!

Today, October 2nd, 2019,  we are all smiles at CivSource Africa as we welcome the newest member of our team, Ms. Elizabeth Mbabazi. Elizabeth joins our team as the Program Officer of the Kuonyesha Art Fund. The Fund is a collaboration between us, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stichting DOEN.

Elizabeth brings to the Art Fund a wide experience of working with artists and in the arts sector. She is a professional fashion designer and artist with over 17 years of experience in the arts sector and arts management. Elizabeth is an Alumnus of the oldest Arts institution in East and Central Africa (The Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Art at Makerere University), currently in her final year of a Master’s degree in Fine Art at the same institution and pursuing an MBA at Uganda Management Institute. Elizabeth holds a certificate in Cultural Entrepreneurship from an Arts Institute based in Cape Town. Her career achievements include leading the strategic planning, coordination and successful implementation of several arts projects in Uganda, for example, the Uganda Fashion week (2003 & 2004), the Kampala Art Biennale (2014, 2016 & 2018 editions), the ABSA L’Atelier Art competition in Uganda (2016, 2017 & 2018) with 10 years of managerial experience at one of the premier contemporary art galleries in Uganda (among the top 10 in Africa) - AfriArt Gallery. Elizabeth also serves on the advisory board of Culture Development East Africa (CDEA) and the Kampala Arts Trust board.

About Kuonyesha Art Fund…..

Kuonyesha is a Swahili word that means show. Through the Art Fund, we will show, depict, highlight, elevate, spotlight, support and celebrate the arts in Uganda, starting with the three locations of Kampala, Karamoja, and Gulu. The first year of the fund (October 2019 to October 2020) is a pilot phase and during this phase we shall be open to and deliberate about learning and growing as we go along – learning from the artists themselves, learning from and about the art field, learning from and with the Advisory Committee of the Art Fund and learning from and with the partners of the fund and other donors that may join us along the way.

The Art Fund exists to support, nurture and develop art in Uganda; to promote and support artists to improve the quality of arts in a way that enhances the meaningful influence and participation of art and artists in the issues shaping society and public life in Uganda today.

We will be sharing more information about the Kuonyesha Art Fund later this month, so please keep tuned!