BAZ-ART – THE NEW NPO FOCUSED ON ART & EDUCATION

WHAT IS BAZ-ART?

BAZ-ART IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT IS DEDICATED TO HARNESSING THE POWER OF ART FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC.

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HOW WAS BAZ-ART BORN?

Baz-art is the love child, so to speak, of inspiration and relationship that developed around another business, namely XOEvents and Leopold7 Craft Beer, both operating in Cape Town, South Africa. During the process of creating, marketing and selling a craft beer, the founders of Baz-art, namely Sébastien Charrieras and Alexandre Tilmans say, their eyes were opened to the power of art! The founders decided to throw the combined force of their skills, experience and passion into a project designs to uplift artists while transforming the Salt River community and helping South African Public art claim its rightful position in the global art world.

MEL_2424Sébastien Charrieras – Founder of Baz-Art NPO and CEO of XOEvents 

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Alexandre Tilmans – Founder of Baz-Art NPO and CEO of Leopold7 Craft Beer 

Baz-Art channels its energies and achieves its objectives through Art Creation, Education, Incorporation and Development. The Baz-Art business model is to encourage novel partnerships between artists and residents, as well as neighborhoods, businesses, and organizations in the community. Baz-Art strives for inclusivity, involvement and community respect.

MEL_0051Girls in Salt River assisting artists in beautifying the neighborhood as part of the Baz-Art first initiative – the International Public Art Festival held in Salt River in February 2017.

BAZ-ART’S FIRST EVENT – THE INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC ART FESTIVAL

Baz-art recently launched its first event, The International Public Art Festival. Yet despite the incredible local talent pool, Africa did not have a single international event that expressed and showcased the rich history, creativity, skills, diversity and style of our public artists. With our fresh voices, stories, approaches and backgrounds, Africa is fast emerging as the new art vanguard. Baz-Art set an original target of 25 artists to take part in painting Salt River beautiful but the response was so overwhelming from home and abroad that over 40 artist joined in and took part in the festival. The 10 day festival – dedicated to teaching, creating and showcasing public art is the launchpad for various long-term projects. Children were given art classes, neighborhoods were cleaned and enhanced by large, well-maintained murals. Unemployed people were given training and opportunities and entrepreneurs were given support to spin-off businesses such as food stalls and galleries. Each contributing artist were given a space in Salt River to decorate as they chose.

To find out more about the Festival click here

MEL_2863Crowd joining at the International Public Art Festival to see the artists at work – Salt River

MEL_3234Mars the Spray Guy -painting a colorful mural during the International Public Art festival 

MEL_1617“Seeking the Kingdom of God Above all else” mural painted by Raphaël Federici as part of the International Public Art Festival in Salt River- 

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF BAZ-ART?

Moreover, Baz-Art is in it for the long haul, with relevant and sustainable long-term development objectives. The Baz-Art modus operandi is to first identify a development opportunity with a number of diverse but inter-related outcomes, and then employ their skills, insights, network and experience to uplift, engage and empower others.

BAZ-ART MISSION & VISION

TO NURTURE COMMUNITY BUILDING, AS WELL AS SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION AND COHESION THROUGH ART:

  • By creating jobs & appropriate sustainable businesses – be they coffee shops, tour guides, art galleries etc.
  • By enhancing the appearance and personality of the neighborhood – increasing pride and sense of belonging.

MEL_0991 Crowd having an organized Tour of the festival – gathering around a piece and a participating artist – Ibrahim Baaith 

INSURE THAT ART EDUCATION IS ACCESSIBLE TO ALL:

  • Art is a fundamental and powerful educational tool – especially in disadvantaged urban areas where youngsters lack access to art material, experiences and mentorship.
  • Art education is critical to unleashing the creative abilities and expressions of youngsters.
  • Providing extra-murals options to compromised youth

MEL_0829Martin Lund (street artist) in one of the art youth workshops held during the International Public Art Festival Week in Salt River.

TO PROVIDE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL TALENT:

  • By grooming Cape Town as an international art destination.
  • By supporting emerging artists locally and internationally.

MEL_3408Artworks on display in Salt River before being moved to the Art Africa Fair at the V&A Waterfront as part of the continuing program for artist exposure.

We are currently looking for partners to make this NPO take new heights so do not hesitate to contact us – follow us on Facebook and visit www.baz-art.co.za for more information. 

by Laura de Siebenthal