Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts 2013 Fundraiser, New York City

ZIVA is committed first and foremost to providing a high quality Design education and teaching New Media skills. We are the first college of its kind in the country and different from other training facilities in that we emphasize Design; it is not enough to be proficient with the digital tools, because that is exactly all they are: tools. Whether one wants to study print or new media, an understanding of typography, visual hierarchy, communication, interface and information design is crucial, it is the foundation.

Saki Mafundikwa

In his book Afrikan Alphabets, now completely sold out, Saki Mafundiwaka includes a Ghanaian pictograph meaning “return to the past” This is exactly what he did in 1997 when he cashed in his publishing job 401(k) and left New York to open the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA) in Harare. (“Vigital” denotes visual arts taught using digital tools.)

As a kid growing up in Zimbabwe, Saki Mafundiwaka loved to sketch letterforms he saw in books and magazines, but he didn’t know graphic design was a career option until he arrived in America. "Sometimes you have to leave home,” he says, “to discover yourself.” He opened ZIVA to pay it forward. “The dream,” he says, “is for something to come out of Africa that is of Africa."

In 2010, he made the film Shungu: The Resilience of a People, a compelling narrative of the strategies ordinary people use to survive in Zimbabwe today.




Saki Mafundikwa's recent Ted Talks




This fall we are pleased to welcome guests and supporters to our 2013 ZIVA Fundraiser in New York City.

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