The SA Taxi Foundation, the socio-economic arm of SA Taxi, the minibus taxi’s only specialist financer and one of South Africa’s few certified developmental credit providers, has launched an art award aimed specifically at nurturing the development of emerging artists and providing the broader community with access to the visual arts.
“During the past several years at SA Taxi, we have made a point of acquiring the works of South African artists that represent the social and cultural milieu in which the taxi industry operates,” says SA Taxi Foundation director, Kalnisha Singh.
“We were gratified to find that, in doing so, we had been using our corporate capabilities to give expression to the findings of a study into South Africa’s visual arts commissioned by the Department of Arts and Culture and undertaken in 2010 by the Human Sciences Research Council.”
“The premise of the study was that the visual arts make a significant contribution to education, public health, and urban development. More importantly, they give all of us an insight into how we perceive ourselves, as members of South African society, in a society composed of multiple identities, realities, and ways of being in a complex world.”