Tuesday, November 4, 2008
HIVOS, DOEN and Africalia provided funds for the ARTerial Network's Secretariat for the period ending 31 December 2008. The Secretariat is now housed in the Africa Centre - a privately-funded institution based in Cape Town, committed to the development of the arts and culture of the continent. Margerie Vacle - a native French speaker born in West Africa - has been recruited to provide administrative and management support to the Secretariat as from 1 October 2008. Florence Mukanga, a Zimbabwean national who recently completed her Masters Degree in Arts Administration at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and then worked at the Observatory for Cultural Policies in Africa, has been recruited to work as a project assistant and researcher. A website dedicated to the activities of the ARTerial Network (separate from the proposed Portal on African arts, culture and heritage), is in the process of development and will go live shortly.