Somali originated African centred; Numbi Arts are an organisation lead by creatives and educators. They have been a stalwart presence on the East London cultural scene for three decades & have a back catalogue of inclusive and exciting programming, education workshops and creating opportunities for local people. A global conversation locally - their aim is to build a cultural heritage for the people that live in Tower Hamlets and beyond. By focusing on building the first Somali archive in England, they aim to unite the local diaspora communities in their local history therefore giving people a sense of belonging and identity that they can call their own. Numbi's approach is creative, holistic and inclusive with a focus on solidarity among artists, art-lovers, creatives & dreamers of all stripes. After losing their residency last year the team have been moving from space to space around the borough but are now looking for a permanent home in order to continue their projects.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Numbi Arts is already a well established organisation and is relied on by hundreds of people in the community already. At the moment a lot of the team's time and energy is spent on moving around and finding short term spaces but once they have a permanent home they can begin to build on the great work they have already started. The work they are doing is incredibly important as it creates unity in a displaced group of people through creativity and joy. The next stage in their project, to build an archive, gives the people they work with a sense of ownership and belonging by contributing their personal stories to a permanent collection. They will also have a chance to continue to the excellent work that they do which is to provide creative education workshops, events and community projects. All of these have touched peoples' lives for the better by uniting people, providing work experience and volunteering opportunities or simply just spreading joy to those who need it.
Steps to get it done:
This funding will be the start of the future for Numbi. The aim is for us is to be self sufficient by having a pay-what-you-feel cafe on site that continues to fund their projects. The cafe will provide work experience opportunities and will work with a surplus food redistribution organisation which is in line with Numbi's values to promote sustainability and wellbeing.
About the space
London Borough of Tower Hamlets