Capacity Building

Capacity Building is one of the key areas identified for intervention by founding members of Arterial Network. With the intention to develop a professionalized arts sector, Arterial Network has, over the years, identified gaps in the sector were cultural operators could benefit from additional skills development. Arterial Network has developed best practise modules that have been used across Africa as guidelines for training workshops and individual professional development and are freely available for download on our resources page. The modules developed by Arterial Network are as follows:

  1. Arts Advocacy and Networking: how to structure networks and professionally draw attention to issues that concern artists and cultural workers in Africa;
  2. Project Management: how to manage an activity/event including planning, implementation, controlling, budgeting, risk management etc;
  3. Arts Marketing:  how to develop a marketing and communications plan including, identifying the target market, publicity, promotion, direct marketing and digital marketing;
  4. Arts Fundraising: understanding the fundraising environment, how to develop a fundraising plan and writing effective funding proposals; and
  5. Festivals Best practice toolkit: how to set up a festival including the legal considerations, target market and a festival business plan.

In 2016, Arterial Network's Capacity Building Project has focused primarily on the African Women in Cultural Leadership (AWCL), SHIRIKA (organisational health) and Cultural Management programmes.

African Women in Cultural Leadership (AWCL)
In a sector usually characterised by strong participation from women, women’s career progression often stalls before ascending to senior management and leadership levels in the Arts. The African Women in Cultural Leadership (AWCL) programme aims to identify and address the structural, economic, social and cultural barriers that discourage women from taking up leadership positions within Africa’s cultural industry. The pilot programme in Nairobi was made possible with seed funding support from Africalia.

To read the programme methodology, click here.

To read more about the 2016 pilot programme in Nairobi, click on the links below:

Kenya | African Women Cultural Leadership: “We Do Not Apologize For Existing”
South Africa | Empowering Women as Cultural Leaders Roundtable at NAF 2016
First AWCL Public Seminar in Nairobi
Cultural Leadership As An Arts Journalist | Getting My Feet Wet
GoFundMe Campaign | Nyokabi Githahu, AWCL Mentee 2016
AWCL Closing Ceremony 2016: Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Created in partnership between Arterial Network and Cultural Development Trust and with seed funding from Africalia, SHIRIKA’s vision is an African creative sector that is healthy, thriving economically and socially thanks to the sustainability, performance and governance of its organisations. The methodology and content of the programme is designed as a continuous and growing process from the input of both experts and beneficiaries. 

To read the programme methodology, click here. To download the SHIRIKA Health Check, click here.

To read more about the 2016 pilot programme, click on the links below:

- SHIRIKA Programme | Cape Town, Bulawayo and Kampala
Arterial Network Interview July 2016 | Maria Kint, Cultural Development Trust
SHIRIKA Health Check | An Essential Tool for Arts Organisations

Cultural Management
Arterial Network’s Cultural Management programme is geared towards creative entrepreneurs. It targets artists, arts administrators, managers, cultural officers, cultural planners and practitioners in Africa who feel the need to improve specific skills such as ability to write successful funding proposals, marketing their cultural products and strategic management of their projects and events. The programme aims to promote continuing professionalisation of the sector and limiting the dependence on foreign expertise through local workshops and courses. Arterial Network’s Cultural Management programme is funded by Stichting DOEN and AFRICALIA.

To read more about the programme, click on the links below:

- Nigeria | Launch of Cultural Management Programme July 2016
Cultural Management Programme | Central Africa, Togo and Nigeria
Cultural Management Programme | Swaziland and Nigeria
Interview September 2016 | Jean-Luc Gbati Sonhaye, Business Lawyer and Cultural Engineer
- Summer School for the Arts in Benin

To know more about the 2016 programmes, click here to watch the review video.

Workshops informed by the above mentioned best practise toolkits are implemented by Arterial Network affiliates and partners in the different countries. Use of the materials by non-affiliated organisations is encouraged; hard copies of the materials can be obtained through the secretariat, please contact