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Inema Arts Center Shop

KG 563 Street, Kigali


Rwanda’s first art gallery was founded by two brothers Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza in 2012. The two self-taught artists founded the center to use the power of art to help empower expression and create artistic opportunity. Inema means a blessing or gift, and today, their lively center hosts more than a dozen resident artists as well as educational dance and art programs for neighborhood children. The two-story residential house features gallery spaces to showcase contemporary art as well as a gift shop and café. Emmanuel and Innocent were on hand with five of their brothers and local artists to discuss their work—artistic and philanthropic. The center provides employment for more than 100 people and hosts more than 7,000 visitors a year.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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