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Orísun Collective Presents: Brunch for the Arts

The Orisun Collective, which organizes annual art camps for children in Lagos, will launch with a Harlem brunch on April 24. Brunch for the Arts will be hosted by Iheatu Kanu and feature performances by the

The Orisun Collective, which organizes annual art camps for children in Lagos, will launch with a Harlem brunch on April 24. Brunch for the Arts will be hosted by Iheatu Kanu and feature performances by the Imperial Mandela Rose and singer Yeanka and be deejayed by DJ El G.

The creative arts industry is emerging as one of Nigeria’s most dynamic economic sectors. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, notes that “the creative industry as well as culture have a great role to play in the ongoing diversification of Nigeria’s economy at a time of dwindling earnings from crude oil.” Despite this fact, creative arts are largely ignored within the educational system. It is for this reason that Orísun Collective was founded–to restore the appreciation of African arts and culture in the youth in order to provide them more opportunities for economic empowerment.

Summer Institute for the Creative Arts will be a one-week immersion program in the creative arts for 50 students between the ages of 10 and 16.  It will be an inclusive and affirmative space for Nigerian children, who are interested in exploring the creative arts for everyday artistic expression or as a professional career. By administering classes in short story writing and telling, art, acting, poetry, singing, dance, drumming, and photography, Orísun Collective aims to encourage aspiring creatives in an environment that promotes cultural dignity and positive interaction across different backgrounds. Let’s “catch them young!”

Studies show globally that arts education also increases academic success. Orísun Collective is committed to revolutionizing the creative arts and culture industry by inspiring more innovative creativity among the youth. Orisun founder, Kanyinsola Obayan states: “I started Orisun Collective in order to inspire young Nigerian children not to limit themselves from the start, to think and dream beyond the circumstances in which they have been born and to believe in the limitless possibilities of the future.”

Purchase tickets for Brunch for the Arts here.

Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Farafina Cafe and Lounge Harlem (1813 Amsterdam Ave on corner of 150th)

Learn more about Orisun here.

 

Special thanks to partners Applause Africa and Panla.

Debo Folorunsho

Debo Folorunsho serves as CEO of Applause Africa Communications and Executive Producer of the African Diaspora Awards. He has worked in Visual Design at Music Creative Group, Warner Music Communications and Design Group, and Permission Data.

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