Impact Hub Rwanda
Plot 34 KN 41 St. Kiyovu
Our Portal in Rwanda is located at Impact Hub in downtown Kigali and run by Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga (“To Create, To See, To Learn”), a public arts social enterprise using street-arts and art-actions to involve civil society in positive social change. In particular, the organization creates large-scale public artworks, many of which seek to reduce the stigma against HIV-positive individuals. Impact Hub Kigali, which also hosts the Portal, is a co-working space nurturing grassroots ventures aiming to have a sustainable impact on their communities
Impact Hub Kigali connects like-minded drivers of positive change through office space, events, and a membership platform, providing an affordable and stimulating space of professional encouragement, collaboration, and connection. Impact Hubs around the world, exist to promote the success of grassroots ventures aiming to have a sustainable impact on their communities.
Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga, Rwanda’s preeminent public-art social enterprise, has been creating innovative and engaging creative public works of art throughout the country from 2013. The Kurema team aims to expand the concept of what and where art is, and who makes and accesses art, by putting color and creativity into communities and into every day life.
20 June 2017 – Kigali – On this day, the world marked World Refugee Day, joining to recognize the lives of refugees from all around the world. In Kigali, Shared Studios, an American NGO, partnered with the Rwandan NGO Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga to host a Portal™ event at the Impact Hub. Portals are spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology which brings people from connecting locations face-to-face. These spaces facilitate cross-cultural communication and understanding.
Shining brightly on the Aspen Institute campus this week is a portal to another space. It’s a project of Shared Studios LLC. It’s a temporary set up, mirroring the gold-painted shipping containers placed in public areas all over the world that provide audio and video connection to other portals. Or, more accurately, provide human connection.
As you swing open the heavy door at one end of the container, you’re in New Haven. But once you step inside, you’re whisked to another part of the world — a Syrian refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq, for instance, or a university in Herat, Afghanistan
This spring, Yale will host its second annual AFRICA SALON, a weeklong celebration of contemporary African arts and culture.
Portal Ambassador & Kigali Portal Director
Judith is the founder and director of Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga, and a public health and educational systems specialist. Her work across East and West Africa and the Caribbean focuses on the roles of new technologies and creativity for development. She received an interdisciplinary BA in Anthropology, Community Building, and Photography, and holds a Master of International Affairs and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. Judith and the Kigali Portal are supported by hosts Olivier Dushimimana, Arlette Umwari, and Yves Banza.
Kigali Portal Curator
Yves Banza is a Congolese-Rwandese currently working and living in Kigali, Rwanda. After his Business Studies at the National Universities of Rwanda in 2010, he worked as a Business Development Agent for different companies in Rwanda and currently he is working as an Independent Consultant for a Market Research Company in East Africa. He speaks French, English, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Lingala and a little bit Spanish. He has a lot of hobbies among others art, music, travelling, meeting new faces and learning from people of different backgrounds and cultures, teaching and learning new languages.
Gil is a tech professional with 15 years experience managing and implementing technology projects and systems. He now spends his time divided between tech projects, Dj-ing as well as management, operation and production of events under Barge Party People. He also takes time to volunteer in social projects focused on art and technology. Gil loves art, music, tech and creating.
Arlette Umwali is 28 years old, from Rwanda, a born again Christian. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and works in one of the top telecom companies in Rwanda, where she is in charge of high value customers. She loves interacting with people and reading.