BAZ-ART’S VISION IS TO SHOWCASE THE POWER OF STREET ART AND ITS ABILITY TO TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES AND INDIVIDUALS ON A MICRO AND MACRO SCALE. BAZ- ART'S MISSION IS BASED ON 3 PILLARS: EDUCATION, ARTISTIC ECLOSION and SOCIAL INCLUSION.
Art education has been shown to have various positive academic, cognitive, personal, social and civil benefits. Art activities can foster a sense of community. They can help to create a place of safety and security where students can learn from one another as they engage with themselves and their environment.
Art can also activate and enhance other skills as diverse as reading proficiency, verbal memory, language and leadership. Art gives children a chance to use their imagination, which is especially helpful in situations where resources are limited.
It helps children become more flexible as well as to think abstractly, qualities that assist in problem solving and reasoning. Art also catalyses personal emotional development by teaching one to challenge assumptions.
But above all, Art is a bridge across Cultural differences by teaching disciplines, acceptance, engagement, the value of efforts, of interacting in a social environment, of tolerance and pride to the children, leveling all social disparities.
Unlike the rest of the world, Africa does NOT yet have flagship event expressing the history, the creativity, the talent, the richness, diversity and ultimate style of its Artists.
From India to Tahiti, Cambera to Sao Paulo, public art, street art and globally contemporary urban art festivals are blossoming all around the world.
Even if Africa is rapidly growing into one of the biggest cultural powerhouses for the arts, our local talents are leaving the Continent to make a better artistic and financial use of their skills.
Baz-Art’s mission is to make Africa, starting with South Africa, “the Art place to be”. By building a structure for the artists, to create freely, without restraints, by generating partnerships and business opportunities, as well as access to international exposure, Baz-Art helps to reverse the current trend, assisting the artists in creating their legacy and heritage for future generations in their home country.
Working with communities, schools, businesses and a wide variety of other organisations, Baz-Art aims to help create an environment where art is used to improve people’s physical and social environments.
Art can transform how an area is perceived and experienced by its inhabitants as well as the wider public. Art can enhance the appearance and personality of a neighbourhood, thereby increasing the local community’s sense of pride and belonging.
Improvements in physical surroundings as well as emotional awareness and sentiment can help to create jobs, such as guiding tours, and support businesses such as coffee shops and art galleries. Street art adds a distinct and unique character to an area, often encouraging local and international tourism.
Waddacor, who has spent much of his life documenting street art, says: "street art brings colour, brightening the lives of those who see it, and content, creating a dialogue that can reach people you have never met."
Recognizing how public art intersects with a variety of positive outcomes in communities, Baz-Art seeks to engage entire communities to create social cohesion and effect social transformation.