Arterial Network promotes cultural diversity in Africa through lobbying and advocating for the Status of the Artist, for the implementation of cultural policies abiding by the UNESCO Convention, through distributing information to more than 7000 arts and culture practitioners in Africa, through training for capacity in the arts and cultural sector, researching about the latest developments in the fields and promoting freedom of expression, Human Rights and democracy.
We started as a dynamic, continent-wide network of non-government organisations, creative industry companies, festivals and individual artists engaged in the African creative sector at a conference – Revitalising Africa’s Cultural Assets - on Goree Island, March 2007.
Arterial Network is administered by a Secretariat based in Cape Town, East African regional secretariat in Kenya, West African regional secretariat in Mali with other regional secretariats (Central , South and North) in the pipeline.
The vision of Arterial Network is of a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable African creative civil society sector engaged in qualitative practice in the arts in their own right, as well as in a manner that contributes to development, to human rights and democracy, and to the eradication of poverty on the African continent.
We have launched (thanks to the efforts of our delegates in the respective countries) 31 national chapters across the continent so far. The list and description of our national chapters is available online: www.arterialnetwork.org.