Since its establishment in 2007, Arterial Network has been constently engaged in the building of sustainable networks, circuits and advocacy platforms, in formulated Africa-centred research and cultural policy, in disseminating relevant information, facilitating debate, and in the hosting of trainnings and leadership programme, all aim toward growing and strengthening the African cultural and creative sectors. It has tied partnerships within civil society across national boundaries and between Africans and international parners and catalyzed the formation of others sub-networks while actively building the capacity of cultural actors. Now with chapters in forty African countries, it actively and locally advocates for the streghtening of Africa’s Creative Industries, which face a myriad of structural challenges. Arterial Network has built a reputation for sound delivery of quality projects and products and exists as a truly Panafrican Organization, working across language, genre and the other divides. Arterial Network’s mission is to create civil society networks of cultural roleplayers and empower their work for the cultural dimension of development. It undertakes research, training and advocacy functions to build individual and organisational capacity, and create an enabling and sustainable environment for democratic arts practice in Africa.
In the context of the conditions on the African continent, our vision and our understanding of development and the cultural dimension of development, Arterial Network’s aims are as follows:
1. To build and/or further develop effective, sustainable national, regional and continental networks within and across arts disciplines to play advocacy and lobbying roles within countries, regions, on the continent and internationally as appropriate, and in support of the African creative sector;
2. To collect and distribute relevant information, data and documents to empower civil society arts and culture organisations in African countries and regions to plan and take informed action in their interests;
3. To provoke debate, discussions and theorising around arts, culture, creative industries and contemporary arts and culture discourses and to develop African positions and leadership on such issues;
4. To help to build national, regional, continental and international circuits (festivals, outlets, etc.) to distribute African cultural goods and services and enable African artists to tour their works and to generate income through their creative output;
5. To facilitate the training and development of human resources required to practice, distribute and market the arts and creative goods and services of the African continent;
6. To mobilise local, regional, continental and international resources in support of the development, promotion and distribution of African creative goods and services;
7. To improve the working and living conditions, and defend the rights of artists and creative practitioners on the African continent.