The African Arts Institute based in Cape Town, South Africa has launched in 2015 a program called Cultural Accelerator which engages 17 arts entrepreneurs from 10 different communities within the greater Cape Town community. As part of the program, they have created the “Learning Space” concept as “a space for peer reflection, collaborative learning and to enhance the impact of the programme specifically in terms of local community-building.
The Cultural Accelerator Learning Space is a bi-monthly feedback session on the development and progress of each entrepreneur in terms of their business and personal goals. Here each person is reviewed by their peers, and are given critical feedback on their progress and future plans for their business and cultural initiatives.
While checking their website, I didn’t find any recent activities, so I am not sure if the program goes on or has concluded a couple of cycles.
The African Arts Institute is organizing on 20 to 29 July 2015 a Cultural Entrepreneurship Training Course in Cape Town, South Africa, as part of the broader African Cultural Leadership Programme, which has been running since 2012 in more than 41 African countries. The call for application is closed but this is an ongoing program so keep an eye on it.
I find it impressive that the course is taking 10 full days and would very much like to know how would professionals come out of it. The Course is designed for “creative business minds who have experience as
cultural entrepreneurs playing an inspiring, creative, innovative role in the cultural and creative industries. It seeks to nurture, mentor and empower cultural entrepreneurs to better their trade in cultural goods and services and at the same time, contribute to sustainable professional networks.”
For more information visit http://www.afai.org.za/cultural-entrepreneurship-course