While the primary focus of the Council is to fund the arts, the NACN wants to initiate, coordinate and implement national events, and promote the development of art administration and education in various art genres.

The arts act as a catalyst in terms of creativity, which gives people a sense of national identity and has a great potential for income generation and job creation. Therefore, the ultimate goal of the NACN is to ensure that all forms of art are available to all Namibians and to have a thriving arts industry, with qualified art professionals, arts education, facilities and activities happening across the country.

The National Arts Fund is a state programme, with a mission to advance Namibian contemporary and traditional arts, with an emphasis on artistically under-served communities.

The programme encourages the following priority areas:
  • Widespread public participation in the arts;
  • Helps build strong arts organisations at the local level;
  • Assists with the professional development of arts leaders;
  • Promotes awareness of the value of arts;
  • Develop appreciation and support for the arts;
  • Support to arts programmes in communities; and
  • Arts heritage, research, documentation and preservation

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COTA logo 75   College of the Arts (COTA)
The partnership aims to support the College of the Arts’ Annual Windhoek International Dance Festival (WIDF).
Yona 75   Youth Orchestras of Namibia (YONA)
YONA offers musical education during and after school to develop a national system of youth and children’s orchestras for social change. The NACN ensures the provision of musical instruments, staff support and training material.
ChiNam Logo 75   ChiNamibia
The partnership is focused on the Annual Children’s Art and Culture Festival. The festival brings children from various schools together for cultural and performing arts activities along with a local market for entrepreneurs.
Otac image 75   Otjiwarongo Art Centre (OTAC)
This partnership ensures the sustainability of the organization through the provision of arts material for workshops and support for community outreach activities.
fncc logo 75   Franco Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC)
The partnership aims to support the hosting of World Music Day by funding the technical budget. World Music Day is an annual celebration bringing many artists together to share their music with the public.
MIT logo 75   Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development (MIDSMED)
MIDSMED’s programmes are geared at removing supply side constraints, increase productive capacity, and increase the competitiveness of Namibian industry in the domestic, regional and international markets.
Museums Namibia Logo 75   Museums Association of Namibia (M.A.N)
Heritage Week is an opportunity for Namibians to showcase their heritage while celebrating and committing to promote and protect the wonderful natural and cultural resources in all 14 regions of the country. The NACN partnership is focused on M.A.N’s annual Heritage Week.
cosdef logo 75   Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) 
The partnership intends to assist in the accreditation of courses offered by COSDEF by the Namibian Qualifications Authority (NQA) by providing the required material and training to fulfil the requirements.
NTN logo 75   National Theatre of Namibia (NTN)
The partnership covers the following projects under the NTN:
Last Band Standing
Director’s Lab
Namibian Film & Theatre Awards
HOTA 75   Home of the Arts (HOTA)
The partnership involves training a cadre of motivated youth in the production and marketing of quality art products and services through training workshops, community outreach activities and the hosting of the Rundu Arts Festival.