After we had the final event on July 30th on the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Arts to End Slavery is now over, at least for now. The response for the project has been absolutely overwhelming and we are beyond grateful.

In total we worked with more than 30 artists who produced more than 50 pieces of art for our art project that lasted 3 months reaching many hundreds of people all over Nairobi. We had in total 4 weeks of exhibitions and in total 10 events. For those that don’t remember, here is a look at all the events for Arts to End Slavery:

  • 1st May, launch of Arts to End Slavery at Sarakasi Dome. It was an amazing event with art, music, entertainment and refreshments. About 400 people turned up for the event.
  • 13th, 14th and 15th May, HAART organized workshops on human trafficking using the art exhibition at the GoDown Art Centre.
  • 18th May, HAART organized an academic panel discussion discussing human trafficking at the British Institute in Eastern Africa.
  • 25th May, HAART partnered with the Kobo Trust to hold an art event with lots of entertainment, drinks and food.
  • 15th June, HAART took Arts to End Slavery exhibition to the Technical University of Kenya and had a workshop with students.
  • 26th June, HAART hosted its first national human trafficking conference at PrideInn in Westlands.
  • 3rd July, HAART took Arts to End Slavery exhibition to the Technical University of Kenya  and had a workshop with students.
  • 30th July, HAART partnered with UNODC and PAWA to use Arts to End Slavery to commemorate the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. At the event we screened a few films and had a panel discussion.

We are so grateful for everyone who has supported the project by coming for exhibitions and events. It has been an amazing turnout.

We are also thankful for the donors for this project which are Misereor, GIZ, the Civil Peace Service, German Cooperation and the Austrian Embassy.

We could not have done this project without our visual artists and the performance artists who volunteered for the project by creating beautiful art pieces and performing music, dance, poetry and much more at the events. To work with such an array of talent was truly remarkable.

The response from our partners has been quite overwhelming and we could not have done it without them: The Kobo Trust, Sarakasi Trust, the British Institute in Eastern Africa, the GoDown Art Centre, the Technical University of Kenya, the Technical University of Kenya, PAWA254, UNODC, Art2Be, Pix Studios and Project Studio Creations helped us with different events. We would also like to thank IOM, the Cradle, the Counter Trafficking Advisory Committee, Trace Kenya and IGAD for participating in panel discussions.

Developing, planning and executing all of these events and exhibitions takes a lot of man power and we have been absolutely blessed with some amazing volunteers. Firstly, I would mention the youths from Young@HAART organized by Winnie Mutevu who have been heroes in this process, they carried the art, sat in during the exhibitions and events and then took down the art and moved it to the next place. I will also mention some of the key volunteers who made this project happen, Grace Mwende, Rehema Baya, Mercy Nguyo and Sophie Otiende.

Thank you everyone for making Arts to End Slavery a reality!

By Jakob Christensen