Because Africa is the cradle of civilization, it won’t be wrong to say it is also the birthplace for artistic creations. The continent’s diversification in cultural and traditional heritage provides a room for a variety of creative works of arts. This natural and beautiful endowment of the continent can greatly increase economic growth and development. As a result, LA-based social entrepreneur from East Africa, Aida B. Solomon has decided to take a hand in showcasing East Africa’s creatives.
In Africa, East Africa is one of those regions with a variety of people, cultures, and languages. Every culture has its own unique identity which makes the region rich in arts. A piece of arts could express an artist’s personality or tell a story about a society or a culture. Some of the countries in East Africa are Mozambique, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia, an incubator for African artists.
Who is Aida B. Solomon?
Aida B. Solomon is a Los Angeles-based Ethiopian, born to Ethiopian immigrant parents in Southern California. After obtaining her degrees in Media and Communications, her love for arts brought her to Ethiopia to savor the beauty of the East African country. Aida first arrived in Ethiopia in 2011 with the intention to work for a newspaper called The Reporter. However, the overwhelming arts scene in Addis-Ababa caused her to extend her stay to eight months.
With such a beautiful experience, Aida couldn’t think of anything better but to do more for East African creatives. In fact, upon arrival in Los Angeles, she started researching and curated Ethiopian and Eritrean artists, musicians, and filmmakers on Tumblr. She therefore used what she learned from Ethiopia back in Los Angeles to create cultural retainment and communal growth.
She has started several platforms to connect East African creatives, curate funding as well as promote artists of the region.
Her commitment to this course
After Aida’s undergrad programme, she, therefore, decided to invest her time and resources to developing several platforms. She is also working with organizations that support Creative Artists of Black Heritage. This is why she couldn’t help but work together with Art Noise for the 2019 open call residency programme.
Art Noise is a platform that promotes the creation, enjoyment, sales, and appreciation of independent African creatives’ visual creations through merchandising opportunities.
Art Noise celebrates Africa’s multiculturalism and diversity and brings consumers of art, a mix of ancient and contemporary arts, culture, food, and style from the most creative minds across the North, West, East, South and Central Africa.
Together with Art Noise, Aida is committing herself through an open call for visual and performing artists for African Creatives to get discovered across the globe. She will, therefore, be acting as a judge for this programme.