The GoDown Arts Centre’s creative entrepreneurship course is for artists and creative entrepreneurs across all creative arts disciplines.
Through it participants hone their business and life skills in an inspiring learning environment, among peers and facilitators with whom they exchange experiences, challenges and insights.
Together, they begin to build a community of like-minded, empowered individuals who beyond the course form networks of support that not only advance their individual careers but the wider creative sector as well. Since 2012, 72 artists and creative entrepreneurs have successfully completed the first Semester of the course, (which has in total four semesters). In March 2014 a cohort of Semester 2 artists successfully graduated.
Using the Lifecycle model derived from psychologist Howard Gardner, the students reflect on the trajectory of their own life journeys as creatives, and as entrepreneurs, looking at ways in which they can identify and plug skills and knowledge gaps in their own practice, as well as open outwards to embrace new innovations and technologies, and networks.
1. To develop an integrated creative sector by providing an innovative, results-oriented and sustainable education program for East African practitioners.
2. To develop skills and knowledge ancillary and complementary to creative expression.
3. To promote the interest and develop the capacity of aspiring young East Africans for careers in entrepreneurship, arts management, arts marketing, money-management, public relations and other ancillary areas, which provide essential support to artistic creativity.
4. To build and enhance capacity in the sector for mentorship and cultural leadership.
This includes modules in The Creative Life Cycle, Creative and Cultural Industries, ICT and Communication, Arts Management and Administration, Institutional Development, Marketing and Public Relations, Research & Documentation, Legal and Policy Contexts, Copyright and Contracts, Entrepreneurship Models and Finance.
In developing and piloting the course, The GoDown has worked with:
Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Application for October 14th – December 9th 2016
*Anyone engaged in any aspect of the creative economy with at least two years in the practice.*Deadline for application is Monday 3rd October 2016.
*Successful applicants will be contacted via Email by Wednesday 5th October 2016. They should confirm availability to attend by Monday 10th October 2016.
*Exceptions may be made.
*Evening classes: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.