Bët-bi is featured in Blooloop.
Aug 02, 2022

The Bët-bi Museum and Center for Culture and Community, which is being developed by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Le Korsa, is featured this week in Blooloop.

Nicholas Fox Weber, the director of the Albers Foundation and founder and president of Le Korsa, explains how Bët-bi will not only provide a new space to view art from all over the world in a region where such spaces are lacking, but be a space defined by its local community.

Mariam Issoufou Kamara, the architect who is developing the building’s design, has already been to a proposed site and begun meeting with community members.

Read more at Blooloop about how Bët-bi’s goal “is to put the community at the heart of the museum, and the museum at the heart of the community.”

Artists are back at Thread
Jul 13, 2022

Over the past two years we have not been able to host residencies at Thread, but we are thrilled to be welcoming artists back to Sinthian.

London-based Sara Kelly was the first artist-in-residence at Thread since the pandemic began in March 2020, and it was beautiful to watch the building be animated by her loom.

She fashioned this loom from bamboo, incorporating it into the architecture of the building. And she wove on it—sometimes with the help of children from the village—using cotton that was hand-spun in Sinthian.

This year’s slate of Thread artists hail from around the world, and work in a variety of mediums from fashion design to performance to sculpture, so please watch this space for updates. As always, if you would like to support artists at Thread, you can make a tax-deductible donation.

Garden Time
Jun 21, 2022

In 2015, the garden you see below was an untended hectare of land in Sinthian.

Now, thanks to the hard work of over 120 women, and the bore-well and training provided by Le Korsa, it’s the bread basket of the village and a shady refuge during the hottest part of the year. It is a testament to how small investments can drastically improve people’s lives in rural Senegal.

Le Korsa has helped fund and organize gardens in Fass, Dialico, and Gadapara, each of which immediately brings more food and income to the families in these villages.

We couldn’t do it without you. As we go into another summer, we hope you will help make more of these gardens possible by making a donation.

Bët-bi: a new museum and center for culture and community
May 11, 2022

Bët-bi is a new museum and center for culture and community in rural Senegal being developed by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Le Korsa.

Due to open in early 2025, the museum will be a living and breathing institution with art as its focal point and offer a dedicated education program with a variety of initiatives aimed at engaging local and national communities, as well as performances, film screenings, and other events, all free and open to the public.

Bët-bi’s core goal is to bring the joys of visual art to a population that may not previously have had access to museums, as well as to an international audience, and to bring human beings together through art from all corners of the globe. Bët-bi — which means the eye in Wolof — will be constructed on a site in the vicinity of Kaolack situated in the Senegambia region of West Africa which is renowned for the remarkable ancient stone megaliths that proliferate across this area and includes four UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Mariam Issoufou Kamara, an architect from Niger and founder of the award-winning practice atelier masōmī, has been selected by a jury to lead the design of Bët-bi. The practice, based in Niamey, is guided by the principle that “architecture is an important tool for social change,” with the possibility, through intentional design, to “give dignity and better people’s quality of life.”

The project is already drawing the attention of the press. Designboom has published a beautiful overview, mentioning how the “new cultural complex also aims to help revitalize the local economy. ” You can also read more in Wallpaper and Dezeen.

If you would like to help us realize Bët-bi, please join us by making a donation!

The Albers Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary
Apr 13, 2022

The release of You Can Go Anywhere, a book celebrating 50 years of the Albers Foundation, is also an occasion to reflect on how the human values and artistry of the Albers made our work in Senegal possible.

Over at L’Officiel Magazine, Nicholas Fox Weber, executive director of the Albers Foundation and Le Korsa founder and president, speaks about the link between art, education, and Senegal.