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The Social Impact Arts Prize 2020 awarded projects have been announced

BY Noncedo Gxekwa, Nqweba Dam at Sunrise, Graaff-Reinet, 2020. 19.03.20

The projects Hello Wolk, Tears Become Rain & PLANTed were announced as the winners at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch.

How can an arts-based idea address a pressing social challenge creatively? How can creative thinking influence, affect, or simply make us more aware of societal conditions, in our world today? How can art start a conversation? How can art ignite a vigorous debate? How can art even present a workable solution? How can art show a way to make an impact on the age of the Anthropocene?

All of the above questions are pointing towards making the potential social impact of arts projects a decisive factor that counts towards, that makes social impact central to, and the driving force of, South African arts-based practices.

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