Creative Entrepreneurship Course

The GoDown Arts Centre delivers practice-based, and interactive learning and networking opportunities to creatives.

Through the annual Creative Entrepreneurship training program, artists hone their skills as entrepreneurs and creatives in a rigorous and challenging learning environment. Professionals working in the creative and cultural industries offer practice-based instruction and mentorship, which further enrich the peer learning and robust engagement and networking which characterize our programs.  

Using the Lifecycle Model derived from the work of psychologist Howard Gardner, the students reflect on the trajectory of their own life journeys as creatives (Creative Lifecycle) and as entrepreneurs

looking at ways in which they can identify and plug skills and information gaps in their own practice, embracing new innovations and technologies, and building effective networks. 

We also offer bespoke in-person, virtual, and hybrid training to reach participants in Kenya and beyond our borders. Through a partnership with CISP Kenya, we recently delivered the ArtXchange Creative Entrepreneurship Training Program which brought Kenyan and Somali participants together in a hybrid learning experience which included online classes, in person residential training, mentorship and networking opportunities as well as cultural space visits. The participants also had opportunities to interact with selected invited guests including Mutua Matheka, Richard Njau, Wambui Kibue, Mary Ogembo, Maggie Otieno, Patrick Mukabi among other professional creatives of note. We have also offered a Training-of-Trainers class to equip creative practitioners with the ability to lead the training themselves thus attending to the question of sustainability.