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.

Celebration of Tambacounda Hospital
Mar 31, 2022

Earlier this month, our full team was finally able to come together, in person, to celebrate the new pediatric and maternity units at Tambacounda Hospital with the hospital staff and the local government.

It was moving to be on the ground with friends and partners after the Covid 19 pandemic had kept so many of us apart. To see more, and to hear some of the speeches, please see the local television coverage (begins at minute 4:26).

Happy International Women’s Day!
Mar 08, 2022

Les Foyers de Tambacounda is helping to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders in Senegal.

This year Le Korsa and leadership at Les Foyers are thrilled to partner with the Comité Consultatif des Femmes de Tambacounda, a local women’s group that advocates for gender parity in local politics, and ensures that women’s voices are included in municipal decision-making. Thank you for enabling us to support these incredible women.

You can still join us!

World Premiere of new Le Korsa film
Feb 04, 2022

Please attend the world premiere of a new film showing Le Korsa’s projects in Senegal: