Resource Of Open Minds (ROOM) – Creative Expression in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania – Call for Concepts (youth ages 15-35 or entities that serve them), Hivos
Hivos is seeking concept notes from artistic collectives, creative hubs and groups of content creators working on creative and cultural content production in East Africa. The funding support is geared towards supporting independent content production as a way of contributing to more independent, self-sufficient initiatives that reach larger audiences. This open call is directed at initiatives currently based in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Besides artistic imagination, the production of audio-visual, independent and conscious work that challenges or questions norms in society will be an important factor in the awarding of grants
About Hivos’ initiative on freedom of expression and the creative sector
Freedom of expression is the main measure of openness in a society, but globally, the space for free expression is dwindling. Resistance to this development is led by young frontrunners: artists, musicians, hacktivists, vloggers, writers etc. As these ‘young makers’ challenge the perspectives of older generations, they can break through the hegemonic structures in society.
In May 2017, Hivos launched its new strategy which supports makers contribution to diversification of dialogue, debate and dissent in their societies. We do this by supporting young makers like artists, designers, film makers, vloggers, men and women, who create independent cultural and media productions, which are diverse in their identities, mediums, content, channels and audiences.
Hivos wants to create a professional environment for makers, and a playground for them to experiment in. To achieve this goal, we have formulated the following short-term objectives/outputs:
- Creative hubs provide makers with tools, services and a community of peers.
- Training providers offer makers effective professional skills development training.
- Effective financial mechanisms are in place to support makers.
- Makers have been provided with the means for experimentation.
With this programme we not only provide young makers’ with the means to produce critical art and media productions, and support the creative hubs that offer them a safe work environment and meeting ground, but also hope to make a positive contribution to countering the shrinking freedom of expression in societies that have no ear for or acceptance of critical voices.
What is our target group? …
a) Young makers, men and women
b) Creative Hubs (or: communities)