ArtHouse Cinema Fund
Cinema | Meeting Space | Opportunity
Creative production is limited in Liberia due to low access to proper financial, technical, and managerial resources. As a least-developed country grappling with providing social services, there is very little focus on cultural education. Liberia’s history of de facto apartheid, centralised power, and its 14-year civil war has caused only part of the problem. As national progress was being seen, the Ebola virus disease outbreak in 2014-15 devastated social and economic investments and led to renewed social fissures in the society.
The teaching and understanding of the Liberian cultural context is not a current priority within the government. Books are rationed between readers, libraries and research opportunities are extremely scarce, and introspective cultural activities even more so. There is neither a national theatre and nor an official cinema.
A society’s culture represents its voices over time and inclusive understanding of said voices strengthens our social fabric. Liberian communities are extremely rich in cultural traditions (folklore, language, medicine, food, dance, art, etc.), yet these are not being transferred to the next generation due to the lack of social and economic space.
Our voice is being lost and we need your support to reverse this trend. We believe an ArtHouse Cinema in Monrovia, to showcase and house a space for Liberian culture and cinema, is an essential step.
All support to the ArtHouse Cinema Fund goes directly to procurement and renovation of an abandoned theatre in the heart of Monrovia, Liberia. This space will be the ArtHouse Cinema - a film and art centre that is a platform for cultural access, exhibitions, and exchanges and student entrepreneurship.