Visiting Jimmy Ononga


I had first contacted Jimmy about two months ago when I read about the arts organization that he is a part of, The Center for Contemporary Art of East Africa ( We have been playing phone and email tag for these two months until I finally pinned Jimmy down, the day before he took off to Mombasa, and we were finally able to set up a time to meet and discuss how Art from Below Artists can become involved in a wider community of Nairobi artists.

Jimmy seems eager to invite our artists from Kibera into discussion, events, and support from the artists he is connected to. After talking he even showed us around the area surrounding his office, which is called the Go Down Arts Center ( In this arts “neighborhood” there are dance and music studios, and individual studios for visual artists, many whom will be attending an art exhibit this coming Saturday evening (December 18th). So I am hoping to gather Art from Below artists to attend and begin connecting and dialoguing with people


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