Kagiso Kekana

Charismatic Rhythms Community Arts Hub

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What does your company do?

Research shows that exposure to the Arts can help develop many positive skills and capacities that are valued by leaders and employers, such as persistence, collaboration, creative thinking, problem solving, motivation and good health. In addition studies demonstrate that Art exposure can improve a young person’s confidence and academic performance. Many of us enjoy the Arts-music, theatre, dance, poetry, crafts and other visual arts. They can make our world seem more beautiful, bringing us joy and new perspective. But, did you know that the Arts can have a big impact on children & youth development? Well, Charismatic Rhythms Community Arts Hub (Known as Charismatic Rhythms) is creative social enterprise registered as a non-profit organisation that advocates for the development of children & young people through the means of the Arts, Education and Life skills programs. Our mission is to utilize creative methods of the arts to train, educate, develop and empower the youth within our communities, contributing towards job creation and working towards poverty reduction.

What is your biggest success?

Our main objective is to partner with like-minded individuals, institutions and organisations to offer equal opportunities to young people of marginalized communities to be educated and trained formally through the the Arts. We have achieved this by partnering with Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni an award winning established organisation, to facilitate the Qinis’ Ulwazi Project, for aspiring artists to acquire training in an accredited short skills performance art course. Four of our members are part of the project and have toured high schools in Makhado performing My Children My Africa play an English language prescribed book for grade 12 learners to assist them in better understanding the character’s motivation. In 2016 Charismatic Rhythms was awarded a grant from Arts & Culture Trust to initiate its pilot project titled the Artistic Excursion. Thirty youngsters benefited from the project as they toured various art hubs in Johannesburg and acquired mentorship from professionals in the Arts industry. In March 2020, Charismatic Rhythms launched the Arts in School project funded by the National Arts Council South Africa, benefiting over 60 learners with an opportunity to be skilled in Indigenous music and dance, creating a total number of jobs for four individuals and three suppliers.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Creating a sustainable business model that would afford Charismatic Rhythms to generate income and continue to impact society by fulling its objectives. Currently, the enterprise does not own its own property or proper facility to carry out all projects and activities successfully. We are still in a process of developing a thriving creative economy in our municipality and still working towards acquiring support from the local authorities and private businesses.

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