For a region still working to build its economy, the Eastern African region has experienced its bouts of highs and lows, and has still successfully produced international stars like The Weeknd, Aminé, Vanessa Mdee, Sauti Sol, Julie Mehretu and continuously makes bold strides in its politics that amaze the world.
One of the latest rising influences from this region is Aida B. Solomon, the social-entrepreneur who was born to Ethiopian immigrant parents in Southern California. She has since secured Bachelors in Media from UC Irvine and Masters in Communications from the University of Southern California.
However, her passion for the colorful culture which her parents came from brought her to Ethiopia for the first time in 2011 to work for a newspaper called The Reporter. What was to only last three months turned into eight, she was blown away by the flourishing arts scene in Addis and once she returned to Los Angeles she began to research and curate Ethiopian and Eritrean artists, musicians, and filmmakers on Tumblr. Aida utilized what she learned from her country, bringing it back to Los Angeles to create cultural retainment and communal growth. Since then, she has collaborated with and started several platforms to connect East African creatives, curate funding as well as promote artists of the region.
From her humble beginnings as a child to her journey back to Ethiopia after completing her undergraduate degree, she has come full circle to developing several platforms and working with organizations that support Creative Artists of Black Heritage. Most recently, Aida has developed an on-going commitment includes an open call for visual and performing Artists by Artnoiseng. The organization is hoping to fund and provide new opportunities for African artists where she has signed on as a judge for the program.
Programs such as these are important to emerging visual artists and music artists and give them the opportunity to showcase their creativity and stand out in the global media.
Highly motivated creatives are encouraged to submit their applications and body of work in the link here. Prospective applicants who are female should also be encouraged to apply as 2019 is decidedly Artnoiseng year dedicated to women in art.
To apply clicke here.