City sets the stage for visual and performing arts in communities

02 Jun 2022 in Where We Govern

Nine organisations will benefit from a Grants-in-Aid allocation of just under R650 000 by the City’s Arts and Culture Branch for the development of programmes that promote visual and performing arts.

The call for applications was made in October 2021.

Applicants were required to submit proposals for projects that would focus on providing creative and innovative arts and cultural programmes that address environmental, ecological and sustainability concerns including the challenges around climate change.

A range of applications were received, but ultimately, nine organisations were left standing, having met all of the criteria for disbursement of funding.

The recipients are:

Amava Oluntu in Muizenberg

Blaqpearl Foundation in Mitchell’s Plain

The Centre for Early Childhood Development in Claremont

Jazzart Dance Theatre in Cape Town

Jungle Theatre Company in Muizenberg

Magnet Training and Youth Upliftment Trust in Observatory

The Sp(i)eel Arts Therapies Collective in Woodstock

The Greater Tygerberg Partnership in Bellville.

‘All of the recipients have projects in various communities, and, with the City’s assistance, they are now able to reach a much wider audience. Having a creative outlet is crucial to anyone, and now, through these projects, hundreds of young people and community members will be part of creative cultural experiences.

‘Participating in structured arts activities enhances cognitive abilities and the social skills that support learning, communication and problem-solving. By supporting the arts, we are encouraging our young people to increase their knowledge and become active citizens. I encourage our youth to participate in the programmes when the opportunities arise,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.

All applications for grant-in-aid funding were assessed in accordance with the Grants-in-Aid Policy and conform to the Municipal Financial Management Act, Act 56 of 2003.