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.
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.
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.
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.
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“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.
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
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.