Room 13 is a non-profit organisation that uses art and creativity to develop and empower children to become the best that they can be. Established locally in 2004, Room 13 has been running for 15 years across three provinces (Free State, Gauteng & Mpumalanga) in six disadvantaged schools.
We aim to create a safe place where children can go every day afterschool, to develop their self-esteem and sense of purpose. The principle is that any child can be an artist and every child is welcome.
The initiative consists of a network of student-run art studios, each led by an Artist-in-Residence who facilitates the activities, based on their own skills and the interests of the children. These activities can range from drawing, painting, printing, sculpture to theatre and performance arts.
We also encourage business and entrepreneurial skills through the day-to-day management of studio and through exhibitions and the selling of their creative products.