Cancelled—Making a Home for Art in East Africa: Participatory & Sustainable Design Approaches for the New GoDown Arts Complex in Nairobi, Kenya
Barnard welcomes Spring 2020 Gildersleeve Professor Joy Mboya
Performer, cultural activist, and founding executive director of GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya Joy Mboya discusses the successes and challenges of building the facility into an iconic anchor institution for post-independence Nairobi. Mboya — this spring’s Gildersleeve Professor at Barnard — describes the Centre’s urban-scale interventions, studies, and workshops, as well as the process of curating for GoDown’s diverse communities. The GoDown Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary arts facility in Nairobi, Kenya, that provides subsidized space and presents a diverse range of programs for artists in the East Africa region. Sponsored by the departments of Architecture, Art History, and Africana Studies.
Joy Mboya is the Executive Director of the GoDown Arts Centre, a leading non-profit multidisciplinary arts facility in Nairobi, Kenya that provides subsidized space for Kenyan artists and presents a diverse range of programs for local audiences, as well as spearheading entrepreneurial capacity building programs and creative sector discourses for artists in the East Africa region. Joy has a wide experience in the Kenya cultural sector, having served on the boards of many different arts organizations in film, theatre, music and dance. She is the recipient of a number of awards including the Head of State Commendation Medal (2009) for her contribution to the development of the creative economy in Kenya, and most recently the Order of the Golden Warrior State Commendation (2013) for her contribution to the development of the Kenya cultural sector. Joy is a graduate in architecture from Princeton University, USA.