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Kunle His arts outreach extends to those who are suffering from debilitating illness and developmental challenges

  • Kunle has organized art-making workshops and exhibitions designed to give voice and foster creativity among children and youths, particularly girls whose creativity is stifled at a very young age. His arts outreach extends to those who are suffering from debilitating illness and developmental challenges. Kunle and I discussed synergies between his work and other programmatic interests of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. The museum is keenly interested in identifying networks and partners on the African continent whose work in the visual and performing arts significantly impacts communities, particularly women and girls. Kunle’ s Tender Arts Initiative with its focus on art education, therapy, training and marketing takes a joyful, pragramatic approach to positive influences of the arts in young lives. Art can and does make a difference. Art can be a mechanism for cultural diplomacy, for bringing together individuals and communities divided by trauma. Under Kunle’s enthusiatic, committed direction, Tender Arts can bring the joy of art and power of creativity to communities of need within and outside Nigeria.
    Christine Mullen Kreamer, PhD. Deputy Director and Chief Curator, National Museum of African Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C

Kunle Adewale is an innovative agent of change and creativity

  • We are confident that Kunle Adewale will make great strides in expanding the impact and value of arts across Nigeria. His mission to utilize art to improve the life outcomes of children and young people is clear through his work as the Founder of Tender Arts Nigeria. He has the skills, enthuasiasm, and passion to position Tender Arts Nigeria as a progressive and leading organization. Kunle Adewale is an innovative agent of change and creativity and as an organization, the Arts Council of New Orleans is honoured to express our support of his work to utilize arts as a means to better our world.
    Lindsay Glatz, Director of Marketting and Communication, Arts Council of New Orleans, Louisiana. USA

Tender Arts Nigeria is showing the girls and young women in Nigeria one fruitful pathway to self-reliance and even economic independence

  • I’m glad that girls in Kunle Adewale’s programs are gaining a platform, and in many cases, mentors, to discover and develop their creative instincts. Art can't be taught the way most subjects are. Art simply requires relentless practice, and patient coaching by suggestion. Artists have to learn to discover themselves, and to discover confidence in their abilities, so they can reach and improve the lives of others. Many beginning, would-be artists have a hard time even to know how or where to start. They need patient, caring mentors to help them build confidence and discover their own individual paths. They need foundational knowledge and skills. I’m glad Tender Arts Nigeria is showing the girls and young women in Nigeria one fruitful pathway to self-reliance and even economic independence. All this, as a creative contribution to the continent-wide initiative #Africa4Her. Kunle Adewale has such infectious enthusiasm and high energy, and love for what he does: art, and empowerment of everyone around him, especially young people. But he has more than that. He believes in art benefiting his fellow Nigerians. We at the U.S. Mission to Nigeria are immensely proud that Kunle’s efforts to invest in girls and others have been relentless since he returned from his Mandela Washington Fellowship in the United States in 2015, notably through his work through Tender Arts Nigeria.
    Frank Sellin, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General Lagos