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    Arterial Network South Africa is a membership-based organisation registered as a non-profit organisation in South Africa. 

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  • Culture is a Development Driver

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    Culture is a driver of development. It also enables development.
    When culture is taken into consideration in development efforts,
    transformative and sustainable change can occur.

 

Molemo Moiloa

molemoMolemo is currently Vice Chairman of Arterial Network South Africa. She is the director of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), and was most recently Manager for Public Programmes and Development at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, where she led a number of key projects, including the Social Landscape Project, the Makweteng Heritage Project as well as the organisation's presence at the Joburg Art Fair. She has also been a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and worked in a freelance capacity on a wide range of creative initiatives. As half of the collective MADEYOULOOK (with Nare Mokgotho), she was a nominee for the 2012 MTN New Contemporaries Award. Her academic work has most recently focused on the political subjectivities of South African youth, and in 2013 she was awarded the John Blacking Prize for her Anthropology Masters Dissertation in this area. Molemo also has both a BA Fine Arts (cum laude) and MA Social Anthropology (cum laude) degree from WITS.

Sophia Welz

sophiaSophia Welz is a current member of the Executive Committee. She is the Managing Director of the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation, has two main passions: music and people; more specifically, the ability of music to empower people. She has varied experience in the public and private sectors and community environments, as well as in music performance and arts management.

She was selected for the Young Internationals Platform at the Annual General Assembly of Jeunesses Musicales International (2008), is a founding member of the International Youth Orchestra Forum (2011), and is an associate member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (2010). She sits on the Gauteng Committee and Executive Committee for the Performing Arts Network of South Africa.

In 2011 she was chosen as one of the Mail and Guardians Top 200 Young South Africans and in 2012 she completed the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. Believing that well-rounded musicians become well-rounded people, her ambition is to create a South Africa that offers equal access to high-quality music education.

Pieter Jacobs

pieterPieter Jacobs is a current member of the Executive Committee. He is an award-winning playwright, producer, actor and arts manager. Since graduating from Tshwane University of Technology in 2001 he has worked on various productions and events in the United Arab Emirates, Ireland and South Africa. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and in this capacity serves as a member of the Trust's Projects & Fundraising and Risk & Audit committees. He also serves as a Gauteng regional committee member of the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) and most recently joined the Executive Committee of Arterial Network South Africa.

Grace Meadows

graceCurrently, the manager of the Performing Arts for the University of Johannesburg, Grace Meadows wears many hats in the Arts Management and Administrative fields. Along with her team, Meadows manages Arts & Culture programmes which extend over UJ’s four campuses and serve more than 50 000 students. She produces professional and student productions which have gone on to win numerous national awards and which continue to be a bold and provocative inclusion to the performing Arts Landscape. Her ability to steward new and existing partnerships have taken her far in propelling the UJ’s Arts programme with its strong developmental objective and she drives many flagship events for the University which is ‘anchored in Africa and dynamically shaping the future’. A direct example of this is the annual ACT I UJ Arts & Culture Conference where I've gotten the opportunity to work alongside her. Meadows has recently been selected into the first South African cohort to do a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in Higher Education through Bath University (UK) with her thesis work centered around the role of Arts and Culture in Higher Education and vice versa. She has an MA Degree in Applied Arts and is a Drama For Life Scholar from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Boitumelo Motsoatsoe

boitumeloTumy holds a Masters degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Management and Honours degree in Dramatic Arts, both from the University of Witwatersrand. She is also a Canon Collins Trust alumnus. Tumy is a versatile and passionate creative who can be seen in different roles as an actor, researcher, voice-over artist, presenter, facilitator and theatre maker. Her recent projects include Saints & Sinners season II (Mzansi Magic) and Mamello season I and II (SABC2). She is a member of the sketch comedy group “THENX”, which uses performance art as a tool for social transformation. Through the use of satire and parody, they (Tumy, MoMo, Kitty and Zethu) create work that holds up a critical mirror to society with the aim of promoting critical thinking and active citizenship. Thenx hosted the 2015 Savannah Comic’s Choice Awards and recently performed at the TedX Johannesburg Conference: The State of the Nation in Four Part Harmony https://youtu.be/i2bqE2Qms8g . Their latest play Aza-Nya is Five To won an Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival 2016.

Lonwabo Mavuso

lonwabo

Lonwabo Mavuso is enthusiastic, passionate and encouraged by the role of arts and culture as a tool for economic and community development, social and behaviour change in society. His career path and as well as his involvement in the sector have demonstrated a clear commitment to the sector by advocating the need for arts and culture to be recognized as one of the main contributors to developing economy, social cohesion and encouraging debate that tackles sensitive issues faced in communities.

Mavuso graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand and has long demonstrated leadership qualities as one of the founding members of the first national Bafundi Film and TV Festival.He was Projects Manager responsible for fundraising and local and international partnerships at Wits University’s Drama for Life Department. Currently Mavuso is the Head of Programmes and Development at Business and Arts South Africa. He has worked on projects in Mozambique, Zambia and soon Kenya. Mavuso is currently concluding his Post Graduate degree in Management with a specific focus in Development at Wits University. 

Russel Hlongwane

Russel Hlongwane is an arts administrator, consultant and cultural researcher based in Durban. Partner at Onexus Music Business, which is a music business education organisation that teaches on emerging business trends in the music industry. He is also the Vice President of the KZNSA Gallery. Russel also serves on the Durban International Film Festival selection panel, conducted research for culturally relevant and art films. He worked on eThekwini’s Cultural and Creative Industries white paper. 
Due to his continuous engagement with the sector in the Southern African context, he is currently working on integrating Durban into the wider South African network and discussion on creative industries, which Durban is not part. He is also always inviting projects and programmes into the city to build capacity and resuscitate contemporary practice in eThekwini. 
As an arts administrator, Russel's interest lies in the intersection of culture, creativity and commerce whilst ensuring that the arts are driven by a sense of urgency and purpose in contemporary South Africa.

Adwoa Ankoma

adwoaAdwoa is a Ghanaian South African who currently works in a legal and policy role in a cultural organisation tasked with arts administration and funding. 
Adwoa holds a Bsc in Mathematics and Legal Theory as well as an LLB from Rhodes University. Adwoa is an admitted attorney and gained experience in commercial law at an international law firm as well as within a multinational corporation before applying her skills in the creative economy. 
Adwoa is currently furthering her studies in intellectual property law as well as pursuing a trademark attorney qualification. She is well versed in the complexities of South African and African arts related policy. She possesses experience in the contribution towards policy development having drafted submissions on a wide variety spectrum of cultural policy. Adwoa further nurtures a keen interest in Information and Communications Technology and the impact of digitisation and the digital migration on the art economy.
Adwoa has also worked with the local live literature and poetry collective WordNSound as a legal advisor. Adwoa is dedicated to the legal up-skilling and empowerment of the creative economy and development of the arts and arts policy from a multi-disciplinary perspective and can bring a multi-skilled perspective to the EXCO.
 

NEC

Molemo Moiloa

Sophia Welz

Pieter Jacobs

Grace Meadows

Boitumelo Motsoatse

Lonwabo Mavuso

Russel Hlongwane

Adwoa Ankomah