The Maboneng Township Arts Experience is a national public arts initiative that turns homes in townships into galleries and outdoor spaces into performance districts. We work humbly with home owners and families to create a warm intimate arts environment in our townships. After 10 years, The Maboneng Township Arts Experience has turned over 80 homes in South African townships into galleries, exhibited over 200 artists and encouraged township residents to invest in art.
About 200 artists provided 80 households with income in 12 years
The Maboneng Township Arts Experience started when Alexandra native and artist, Siphiwe Ngwenya realised that art awareness was lacking in his neighborhood. Siphiwe also realised that there was a perception of art as being an ‘outsider’, like a ‘giant living in the hills’. With this at the forefront of his mind, Siphiwe started exhibiting art on the streets and corners of this South African township. In the process, he involved local artists and encouraged local kids to see art as a viable career path.
Institute of Public Arts - 2015 - China, Jinan
TOP 32 PUBLIC ART PROJECT IN THE WORLD
Since then the project has grown from its humble roots to a national program that hosts annual township art festivals and includes various permanent township art routes, attracting numerous visitors.
This initiative is based on the belief that TOWNSHIPS are the epicenter of the ARTS around the world. Our vision is to end negative perceptions about townships by 2030 through the arts. Townships will turn into great towns. We will do this by celebrating the simpler and closer things in life, like our homes, our families and the high calibre of community ethics.
Global Fine Art Awards - 2015 - Miami
GLOBAL FINE ART AWARDS - FINALIST
WE BACK IN SOUTH AFRICA. Getting working with the planning of the festival on the 29th of November. If you are around South Africa, Cape Town. MAKE A TURN
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