Building Blocks

The ACT Building Blocks Programme aims to build the capacity of South African arts, culture and heritage organisations. The aim of the Programme is to strengthen the infrastructure that supports arts, culture and heritage programming and services. It seeks to strengthen local organisations through cultural planning, technical assistance, master classes and other developmental efforts.

Through the Building Blocks Programme the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) presents the following master classes:

  • Governing Boards for Arts Organisations
  • Marketing in the Arts
  • Leadership in the Arts
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of arts projects
  • Putting it together (Musical Theatre)

With funding from the National Lotteries Commission, all four courses will be presented to arts, culture and heritage organisations in the Eastern Cape during 2017. 

Successful arts and culture organisations, and small and medium creative enterprises will be required to send one representative to attend each of the master classes. This can be one individual who will attend all four classes, or four different individuals who will attend the master class most suited to their role within the organisation.

Following the master classes, the trainers will select a handful of organisations which they will mentor. This mentoring aspect entails a five-month engagement with the trainers, which will ensure long-term impact and sustainability of the selected beneficiaries.

Selected organisations will receive arts administration training and mentorship to the value of R 30,000 per organisation. It is important to note that participating organisations based 100kms or more from Port Elizabeth will receive a R 1,000 travel stipend per master class and R 500 per mentoring session. Any further travel, food and/or accommodation costs will have to be subsidised by the organisation.

In order to apply to participate in one of the master classes, please click here. For more information contact Rahiem Whisgary on 011 712 8404 or send an email to The closing date for applications is 01 May 2017.


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