The Kuenyehia Prize rewards and helps develop most outstanding artists between the ages of 25 and 40. Winners and runners-up benefit from prize money and materials. Judges over the past four seasons include: Professor El Anatsui, the first African to be awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement – the highest honour bestowed on an artist – at the 2015 Venice Biennale; Richard Scott, a South African artist of global repute; Gbenga Oyebode MFR, one of Nigeria’s most influential art collectors; and Professor Ablade Glover, one of the most prolific and collected Ghanaian artist. The prominence that the Prize gives to its artists provides them with an accelerated boost in their careers and immense opportunity both locally and internationally.
Thought leadership seminars that contribute to efforts to refocus intentional attention on the arts in policy and practice in Ghana. Past discussions have centered on;
“Role of the Arts in the Making of Culture and Nation Building”
“The Responsibility of the African Artist in Challenging African Stereotypes”
“E Be Art We Go Chop! The Role of Arts and Cultural Entrepreneurs in Developing Ghana”
Panelists from different facets of the arts have included ace musician and cultural icon, Okyeame Kwame; veteran actress, cultural activist and former deputy minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Gomashie; Selassi Atadika; chef and founder of MIDUNU.
Checkout our just recent video of the 2018 Telling Tall Stories "E Be Art We Go Chop"
Facilitates the growth of short and long listed Kuenyehia Prize artists through 5 development pillars:
Resource people over the years include over 20 business leaders, established artists, art educators, lawyers such as Kofi Setordji, Professor Ablade Glover, Ruka Sanusi, Enam Gbewonyo, Kelvin Abdallah, Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia, George Ampratwum and Edwin Baffour
Kprize’s partnership with Ashesi University (one of the most prestigious, private tertiary institutions in Ghana) and the MTN Foundation (a prominent telecommunications service provider in West Africa) demonstrates the effective collaborations formed to invigorate our goal and reach for promoting African art. Over the years other renowned cultural institutions such as ANO Gallery, British Council Accra, Alliance Française, Dei Centre for Contemporary African Art have joined hands with Kprize to disseminate the need, benefits, and incorporation of African art into various sectors of industry. While we collaborate with a diverse number of organizations, we emphasize on the unifying element which art introduces.
The intent of the Back to Your Roots Program is to connect elementary and public high schools in the USA with their counterparts in other countries to drive the discovery of who they are and where they come from through intentionally focused art.
Our focus here is to educate the African American Artist of the African art and culture and in exchange, African American Artists expose their experience and culture to African artists. When artists work together, they promote each other on their respective organic as well as digital channels which helps them both grow their reach. Kprize's goal is to foster collaboration with the artist to help them create their own brand image and perform and support the causes they can relate with.
The core competence for Kprize cannot be adequately accomplished without the participation of key partners. Kprize has already established on-going conversations with academic institutions, after school programs, and community partnerships towards achieving its mission and vision. The goal is to create chapter programs in all colleges and universities to collaborate with other institutions in Africa. We hope to eventually produce an annual report from each academic institution on how their programs have contributed to promoting art in the STEAM initiative.