Welcome to ArtMatters.Info, the medium that flaunts creativity and lifestyle in Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands and the Diaspora.
ArtMatters.Info covers literary, visual, performing and screen arts–fine art, installation & sculpture, books, music & dance, film, video & television, fashion & beauty, puppetry, storytelling & theatre–travel, entertainment, leisure and lifestyle issues.
This is done out of the recognition that art not only transcends social and cultural barriers but that 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 socio-cultural and economic transformation.
ArtMatters.Info is as objective and is 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 a professional 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 institution founded on humanist principles opposed to any form of discrimination.
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 expression and lifestyle or culture spectrum from a journalistic–not abstract, academic sounding–reporting, discussion and analysis.
ArtMatters.Info is a 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 as is currently the practice in the East African region.
Although having been mooted in December 2001 with the primary focus on Kenya, the vision of ArtMatters.Info expanded to ‘political’ East Africa when it went into businessin 2002; it broadened to include the Indian Ocean Islands in 2004 and southern Africa in 2005. Come 2006, ArtMatters.Info embraced the mother continent, the African Diaspora and ‘good practice’ globally, in that order.
In a word, ArtMatters.Info popularises arts and culture by rising to Africa’s artistic, intellectual and creative achievements and aspirations.
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 readers of ArtMatters.Info with reliable and authoritative content.
Ondego was singled out by the United Nations Development Programme in 2001 for ‘Outstanding Contribution Towards Volunteerism in Kenya’ during the International Year of Volunteers that was marked at the end of 2001.
Having won a Kenya national creative writing competition seven years before the UN accolade, Ondego consults on arts, culture, communication and development issues in Africa.