HOW WE WORK

From donor to project completion, every step of our process is carefully considered.

Curate

Strategically select Opus 1 Foundation-funded projects in coordination with experts from the foundation’s program teams & partners.

Invest

Channel donations to curated projects vetted by the foundation’s program teams and executed by its grantees.

Measure

Using program and financial expertise, evaluate project outcomes. Compile data to analyze impact and measure progress.

Share

Reflect on data analysis and communicate our collective results, successes, and challenges with you, our partners.

We strive to be effective and efficient.

Your donation is quickly deployed to support strong, existing Opus 1 Foundation-funded projects where additional funds can have an immediate impact.

OUR FOCUS AREAS

We focus on the areas where your contribution can have the most impact.

Current donations and gifts are contributing to the below projects & their respective goals:

EVERY1 IS AN ARTIST

ARTS & CULTURE •FAIR & EQUAL EMPLOYMENT • DISEASE & DISABILITY AWARENESS

Opus 1 Foundation delivers new works of performance art inspired by the unique gifts of artists with special conditions. 

 

We work together in collaboration with top-tier artists to:

• Promote Fair & Equal Opportunities for All Artists. 

 

Individuals and ensembles with chronic illness & physical disabilities represent less than 1% of all arts & culture programming around the world each year. This is a problem. This must change.

• Strengthen Our Global [Cultural] Economy. 

 

Increased engagement of the physically-challenged translates to more jobs and greater participation in our local & global economies. 

• Advance Art Forms & Expression. 

 

Few major works of performance art have been crafted with artists of special conditions in mind. By contributing to the repertoire of staged work, the expansion of human creative expression via the arts enriches our present and future society.

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EDUCATION • ARTS & CULTURE • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT • SUSTAINABILITY

We are working with our partners & members of the Kenyan Government in acquiring property for the construction of a Youth Education & Cultural Center in Nairobi. Many children attend schools everyday  in facilities which do not have electricity, running water, or solid infrastructures. Schools, as in any community or country, not only are a place of learning & growth; but a safe haven for children to let their minds and creativity soar.

The St. John's School in Korogocho, one of the locations of the Ghetto Classics program, is located next to one of the largest chemical & waste landfills in Nairobi. The children who flock to this school for daily lessons in math, geography, science, english and the arts are exposed to the harmful air pollutants and toxins coming from the site. Many, as a result of over-exposure to these chemicals, have developed mild to severe respiratory health issues and diseases.

Opus 1 believes that every child & young adult should have the opportunity to educate themselves in an environment which is safe and secure. We've made it our project's top priority to draw the resources needed to facilite the construction of a new, modern education & cultural center where underprivileged youth living within Nairobi could gather and obtain the tools for building a successful & brighter future.

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EDUCATION • ARTS & CULTURE

Since 2016, Opus 1 Foundation has partnered with the Art of Music Kenya Foundation in the development and support of its flagship program, Ghetto Classics. Ghetto Classics is an arts education program servicing over 3,000 underprivileged children and youth across Kenya. Opus 1 Foundation's focus within the program is the informal settlement of Korogocho: a deeply impoverished community situated next to one of Africa's largest dumpsites, the Dandora Landfill, and home to some 400,000 urban poor.

 

The program utilizes music, dance and theater education to provide underserved youth with opportunities to better themselves and, in turn, their communities. Through lessons linked by with the study of the arts, the program strives to nurture the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

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KENYA INTERNATIONAL CELLO FESTIVAL

EDUCATION • ARTS & CULTURE • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The Kenya International Cello Festival brings artists from across the world for one-of-a-kind performances in Kenya in May 2022.

 

Born out of a deep dedication to the students of Ghetto Classics in Korogocho, a youth education program in one of Africa's most impoverished communities, the festival's repertoire reflects the wide tapestry of voices interwoven within the multicultural fabric of the festival.

Throughout the week-long program, students benefit from a series of masterclasses focused on the holistic development of an artist. Public concerts and lectures across the country deliver a wider cross-cultural exchange, bringing people of different backgrounds together by the power of the arts.

Donations are investments in human capital with a return in lives saved, improved, and empowered.