African Culture Fund Academy Program 2023 – Apply Now!

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The third boot camp of the African Culture Fund Academy is out. It will offer participants innovative educational content, coaching, and mentoring. It will also focus on specific leadership skills.African Culture Fund Academy Program

In the program, there will be thematic workshops, practical case studies, scenarios, and one–to–one session with recognized African personalities in the field of culture and entrepreneurship.

African Culture Fund Academy Program 2023

This boot camp will provide young professional entrepreneurs in art and culture with tools and keys adapted to contribute to their empowerment.

At the end of the boot camp, the program will grant a scholarship of 2,000 euros to each of the winners. Also, there will be a monitoring of their development which will be done for a year in the form of mentoring, provided by experienced professional men and women, great managers, and leaders from all parts of Africa.

About the African Culture Fund Academy Program 2023

The African Culture Fund launched the pan–African program LEWO (Leadership and Empowerment for Women). LEWO is a continuation of the ACF ACADEMY program, launched in July 2021 and which has so far enabled the incubation and capacity building of 20 cultural managers from West Africa and 12 young visual artists from North Africa.

LEWO is dedicated to the professionalization and capacity building of women artists and cultural entrepreneurs in Africa, to strengthen their leadership and contribute to their empowerment, by providing them with the tools necessary for access to international markets.

Therefore, the African Culture Fund is launching a call for applications, in partnership with the Institut Kôrè des Arts et Métiers (IKAM Ségou), to select 16 female artists and cultural entrepreneurs from West Africa and Central Africa to take part in the 3rd Boot Camp scheduled in Ségou from March 2023.

Benefits 

Beneficiaries of the ACF ACADEMY program will be certified by the Institut Kôrè Institut des Arts et Métiers (IKAM) of Mali.

Participants will benefit from a Professional Aptitude Certificate called Kôrè–Qualité at the end of the ACF ACADEMY training, providing them with the skills necessary for the professionalization of their profession. The Kôrè–Quality Certificate is recognized by the IKAM network and its partners in all regions of Africa.

Funding

The LEWO program provides support for participants throughout the Boot Camp. They will be provided with:

  • International transport
  • Accommodation
  • Catering
  • Intercity travel

Criteria for the African Culture Fund Academy Program 2023

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be between 21 and 40 years old
  • Must be a female artist (regardless of discipline) or entrepreneur with at least five years of experience, practicing and residing in Africa,
  • Must be a national of one of the West African or Central African countries like;

Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea–Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome, and Principe, Chad.

  • Must be available from March 2023 to participate in the various LEWO Program training and networking activities.

Application Requirements

The file must be written in one of the following languages: French, or English.

The file should include:

  • Resume
  • Copy of your identity document or other equivalent documents (indicating Surname and First name, Nationality, Date of Birth)
  • Cover letter (350 words maximum)
  • Brief presentation of the artistic approach (for artists) or biography (for entrepreneurs)
  • Portfolio: presentation of works and/or photos of previous projects -12 pages maximum.

Selection Criteria

  • The commitment/motivation of the artist or cultural entrepreneur.
  • The technical quality and originality of the applicant’s previous artistic and cultural projects
  • The experience/background of the postulant.

Selection Procedure

  • Registration and filing of files
  • Administrative review of applications
  • Evaluation by the selection committee (Jury)
  • Approval of the list of candidates
  • Announcement of the list of successful candidates
  • Applications will be evaluated by an independent selection committee made up of experts and professionals working in the cultural sector and familiar with the artistic and cultural realities of West and Central Africa.

Dates and Events 

  • Deadline for submitting applications

November 25, 2022

  • Announcement of the results of the evaluation by the selection panel

December 19, 2022

  • Sending of the notice of selection and details of the boot camp to the winner

From December 19 to 20, 2022

  • Duration of Boot Camp

From Monday 13 to Friday 31 March 2023

Submission Deadline

Applicants are invited to send their files to this email address applications@africanculturefund.net on or before November 25, 2022.

NB: Files submitted after the deadline or incomplete will not be accepted. Visit ACF Portal for further details

FAQs 

Is the program only for people in West and Central Africa? 

Yes! the African Culture Fund Academy Program 2023 is for people who are national of one of the West African or Central African countries like;

Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea–Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome, and Principe, Chad.

What is LEWO?

LEWO Leadership and Empowerment for Women is a continuation of the ACF ACADEMY program, launched in July 2021 which has so far enabled the incubation and capacity building of 20 cultural managers from West Africa and 12 young visual artists from North Africa.

Is the program fully funded?

 The African Culture Fund Academy Program 2023, provides support for participants throughout the Boot Camp. They will be provided with: International transport, accommodation, catering, and intercity travel.

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