#CreativeUprising Q&A: Thobile Chittenden of Room13

#CreativeUprising Q&A: Thobile Chittenden of Room13

Over the next few days in the lead-up to the ACT | UJ Creative Conference, we will be posting several op-eds from our ACT Team members as well as the conference presenters & performers. This will allow the delegates to interact with some of the key themes and ideas around this year’s #CreativeUprising. Today’s Op-Ed Q&A comes from Thobile Chittenden from Room13,  catch her in conversation with Motsumi Makene on Thursday 27th July 2017 where she will be looking at the role of the community in creativity amidst the 4th Industrial Revolution.      THE ARTS & CULTURE TRUST (ACT): Please briefly describe the work that you are involved in? THOBILE CHITTENDEN (TC): I run a social marketing company that is passionate about uplifting youth and families, a not-for-profit that specialises in educational and behavioural change programmes. Through face-to-face interaction and on–the-ground intervention, we aim to create a sense of individual responsibility. We believe in creating shared value for our clients and the power of collaboration and innovation. Our vision is to make meaningful, measurable and magical differences in the lives and fortunes of disadvantaged youth. ACT: Why do you feel that creativity and the creative economy are essential for South Africa?  TC: I’m sure most people are aware of Africa’s youth bulge; 60% of the workforce in Africa is under 30 years old and it is critical that South Africa turns its fast-growing young population into a dividend rather than a burden. Education and training for future skills is a vital part of realising this potential. We are also very aware of the challenge we face in terms of youth unemployment. The root of unemployment is not only a lack of jobs; but a key...

Conferences Post Mortem | #CreativesMakeItHappen

Creatives can engage further with industry professionals on industry hot topics and opportunities by booking in time to join the #CreativesMakeItHappen conversation. 21 May: Conferences Post Mortem ACT Trustee, Jayesperi Moopen, engages the National Arts Council’s Coordinator, Rosie Katz from the NEPAD arts education conference and Levinia Jones, Head of Arts British Council and Content Director for the 2015 ACT | UJ Conference, around major observations, outcomes and ways forward with a focus on how practitioners can mobilise the knowledge and information shared at the conferences. Entrance to the conversation is free but space is limited. To secure your place, please email your contact details to preciousm@uj.ac.za and how many people you would like to book for. The 2015 Conference was presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), UJ Arts & Culture and British Council Connect ZA, with support from the Department of Arts and Culture, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), SAMRO Foundation, Pro Helvetia, the European Union, the SA–UK Seasons 2014 & 2015; and media partners Classicfeel magazine and UJFM...

#CreativesInConversation focus on fundraising

ACT CEO Pieter Jacobs will tackle funding and sponsorship for the arts in the penultimate of the Creatives in Conversation series at UJ this week. Under the auspices of the Creatives in Conversation series, Mr Pieter Jacobs, CEO of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), will provide an overview of the formal funding structures on the local arts and culture landscape. The session also aims to share information and knowledge regarding fundraising and sponsorship more broadly.   Curated as one of the ways in which creative industries practitioners and stakeholders could take the conversations of the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference forward, “Creatives in Conversation” is a series of free public engagements with creative experts. Five conversations themed around theatre, music, visual arts and the creative industries were initially presented in the weeks leading up to the Conference. Brett Pyper facilitated an open conversation shortly after the Conference followed by sessions on Sustaining Member-Based Arts Organisations and on Policy & Advocacy. Mr Jacobs is an award-winning playwright, producer, actor and arts manager. Since graduating from Tshwane University of Technology in 2001, he has worked on various productions and events in the United Arab Emirates, Ireland and South Africa. In his role as CEO of ACT, he serves as a member of the Trust’s Management, Projects & Fundraising and Risk & Audit committees. He is also a member of Arterial Network South Africa’s Executive Steering Committee. Creatives in Conversation wraps up next Thursday 21 May with a post-mortem session on several recent arts conferences. ACT Trustee, Jayesperi Moopen, engages the National Arts Council’s Coordinator, Rosie Katz from...