Art Moves Africa: the Mobility Fund of Artists & Cultural Operators within Africa

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AMA is a small organization that focuses its limited resources on grants for artists and arts professionals in Africa. As such, its staff members work on a semi-voluntary basis. For this reason we request your patience as we may not be able to respond to emails immediately.


Khadija El Bennaoui, Director

Cultural practitioner and consultant working at the intersection of artistic practice, cultural policy and civil society with a focus on the Global South

Khadija El Bennaoui came to the arts & culture sector through theatre performance. She has a B.A. in Arabic studies (Ibnou Zohr University) and in Cultural management and policies (Hassan II University & Paris VIII University).

She has collaborated with international development agencies (the European Cultural Foundation, Arterial Network, Culture Resource, EUNIC, Mimeta, UNESCO…etc.)
 in Africa, the Arab world and Cuba, implementing various missions in those regions.

She has played a major role in developing support for the mobility of cultural practitioners within Africa as the Administrator of Art Moves Africa (AMA) mobility fund. In parallel to her work in Africa, she was a consultant and project manager for the Young Arab Theatre Fund (YATF), convening and managing four successful and important symposia for members of independent arts and culture spaces in Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Khadija El Bennaoui is the author of the chapter “Surviving the paradoxes of mobility”, commissioned as part of the 2018 Global Report monitoring the implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Her main tasks as the Director of AMA are general management and restructuring of the organisation, resource mobilisation, programs development and advocacy.



Lara Bourdin, Coordinator - Grants, Research and Communications

Lara Bourdin is an art writer, researcher and translator. Her areas of focus are the arts and culture of the Global South, arts mobility and issues surrounding migration. 

She holds an M.A. in Art History from the Université de Montréal, where she completed research on (South) African modern art and visual culture. She is currently a researcher for cultural mobility network On the Move and a volunteer advocate for PEN International. Her past experiences and collaborations include coordination and program support work for refugee youth organizations in Nampula, Mozambique, through UNHCR (2010), research on intercultural programmes offered to refugee and immigrant populations in Montréal (2012), and writing for the Amsterdam-based African investigative journalism platform ZAM (2013-2015).

As coordinator of research and communications, Lara is developing AMA's communications platforms as well as coordinating its research activities on mobility and touring in Africa. As coordinator of the grants programme, she is overseeing the granting process for the 2018-2019 calls. 

Contact: (Grants) / (Research) 

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