BAZ-ART is a non-profit organisation dedicated to harnessing the power of art for the benefit of the public. It aims to commission, preserve, interpret and promote public art of any styles and forms. This includes street art, public art, graffiti, fine art, finger painting, spray painting and many other forms of artistic expression in South Africa.
They achieve objectives through Art Creation, Education, Incorporation, and Development.
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 neighbourhood – 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. By fostering the global cultural exchange of Artists.
The International Public Art Festival – IPAF
SALT RIVER ART DISTRICT
THE CAPE TOWN SUBURB OF SALT RIVER IS SITUATED BETWEEN OBSERVATORY AND WOODSTOCK. IT IS A PREDOMINANTLY INDUSTRIAL SUBURB WITH A HOST OF CLOTHING AND TEXTILE FACTORIES, THE LION MATCH FACTORY AND THE SNOWFLAKE FLOUR TOWERS LOOMING OVER THE LANDSCAPE.
Because of its convenient location, proximity to the CBD and heritage architecture, this area, previously a lower-middle class suburb, is now also attracting young professionals, workers and students of all backgrounds.
Recently upgraded old buildings such as the Junction Hotel, the Locomotive Hotel and the Bridge Mansions still display the historical roots of the suburb.
WORK TO BE DONE
But there is a lot of ground to catch up after local factories were badly hit by deindustrialisation in late 80’s, which led to a downturn in local fortunes, tenancy and morale. By bringing internationally recognized Art to the streets of Salt River IPAF will rejuvenate houses, buildings, schools and businesses – bringing renewed pride, morale, hope and income to the residents.
THE TIME IS NOW
We believe that the IPAF will perfectly unite and inspire this cosmopolitan mixture of residents and new businesses opportunities. After the recent revamps of the Pals Building, part of the Salt River Village, and other initiatives, we feel that the time has come for Salt River to enter a brighter new era.
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