NKA FOUNDATION ... Serving Underserved Communities in Africa through the arts, architecture education and volunteerism
Nka Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the United States that exists to serve underserved communities in Africa and similar places through arts and design education. In rural Africa, Nka is building a network of arts villages, starting with Ghana and Tanzania. The arts village is designed as a learning center to provide stable places for creative people from the region and other countries to live, work, learn and create. Nka rural projects draws on asset-based approach to community development by cultural immersion and mobilization of existing, but often unrecognized abundant local resources to help drive the development process. We build the arts village through investigating and incorporating local materials and vernacular methods of construction used in the region to create contemporary buildings informed by our own design aesthetics.
Since 2008, Nka projects have been exploring the topic of tapping local resources for sustainable development in marginalized communities in Africa through symposium, design competitions, workshops and arts village project.
Nka projects are realized in partnerships with institutions, individuals and groups from around the world. Throughout the year, we organize international workshops such as earth architecture workshops and community arts workshops. Our projects invite university students, graduates, working professionals, and retirees to immerse in the local lifestyle and learn-by-interact with the people through the arts village, the local school or other spaces for cross-fertilization of knowledge and skills.