Welcome to ArtMatters.Info, the medium that flaunts creativity and lifestyle in Africa and the Diaspora.
ArtMatters.Info covers literary, visual, performing and screen arts–fine art, installation & sculpture, books, music & dance, movies, fashion & beauty, puppetry, storytelling & theatre–business, tourism, travel, entertainment, leisure and lifestyle issues.
Art not only transcends social and cultural barriers but it is a reflection of a people’s way of life. Artists occupy a position in society that enables them to provoke debate on issues too delicate to address in other fora. Any one who understands this power of the artists and the arts can use it in bringing about desired change in their society.
ArtMatters.Info is as objective and as independent as any professionally-run media organisation free of commercial, political or donor manipulation can be. Though running on the modern information communications technology backbone, ArtMatters.Info is an independent JOURNALISTIC media organisation adhering to professional standards, ethics and values of Accuracy, Fairness, and Objectivity. Every effort is made to ensure that any information provided is accurate, fair and objective before publication.
ComMattersKenya, the publisher of ArtMatters.Info, is a non-religious, non-political, non-sexist and non-racist institution founded on humanist principles.
The goal of ArtMatters.Info is to enlighten humanity about Africa in the hope of creating understanding and bringing about collaboration between Africans and the rest of the world.
ArtMatters.Info covers the creative, intellectual and lifestyle spectrum from a journalistic–not abstract or academic–perspective.
ArtMatters.Info is the reference tool for any one–general members of the public, musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers, fine artists, designers, sculptors, trainers, journalists, publicists, models, promoters, arts foundations and councils, funders and trusts, archivists, educationists, students, researchers, travel agents, tourists, diplomats, investors– interested in the arts and culture in Africa.
The only medium of its kind devoted exclusively to the artistic and intellectual expressions and creative achievements of the region, ArtMatters.Info flaunts creativity and culture; it does not hide them in voluminous publications or make them news briefs in long, winding broadcasts.
Although having been mooted in December 2001 with the primary focus on Kenya, the vision of ArtMatters.Info expanded to ‘political’ East Africa–Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania–when it went into business in 2002; it broadened to include the Indian Ocean Islands in 2004 and southern Africa in 2005. Come 2006, ArtMatters.Info embraced the entire mother continent and the Diaspora.
In a word, ArtMatters.Info popularises the arts and cultures of Africa by rising to the continent’s artistic, intellectual and creative aspirations and achievements.
The founder of ArtMatters.Info, Ogova Ondego, is an experienced creative writer, journalist and critic whose finger is on the pulse of the creativity and lifestyle in Africa. Through contacts established while serving major print and electronic media in Kenya on culture and the arts at various times, Ondego provides reliable and authoritative content.
Ondego was singled out by the United Nations Development Programme in 2001 for his ‘Outstanding Contribution Towards Volunteerism in Kenya’ during the International Year of Volunteers that was marked at the end of 2001.
Ogova Ondego is winner of a Kenya national creative writing competition in 1994. He works full time as a producer, educator, event manager and judge in the arts, culture and media sectors of Africa.