The West African Calligraphy Institute is a registered nonprofit arts education organization in Sénégal, West Africa. We are currently raising funds to complete a research center, school, studio, and gallery space while building frameworks for collaboration with Senegalese and international partners. The purpose of the center is community education through the cultural preservation of Arabic calligraphic forms indigenous to West Africa, and to serve as a base for researchers and (primarily) African artists to produce academic and creative works in the region. While calligraphy schools have existed for hundreds of years in Islamic countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Egypt) there is currently not a single school dedicated to the West African form.
The institute was formed in 2012 by internationally exhibited artist and community activist Yelimane Fall. Click here to read about our ongoing projects in Senegal and the USA.