Founded in 2012 by brothers and self-taught painters Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza, Inema Arts Center spurs creativity for personal, social, and economic growth.

Nkurunziza and Nkuranga started Inema to tap the untapped potential of art. In Rwanda To use creative expression to bring the community and country alive. Provide exposure to creative people and create opportunities for Rwanda's most underserved to use creativity for a productive livelihood.

Inema comes alive through our programmes. We teach and grow people of all ages from all backgrounds. We come together through the common language of art.


Founded in 2010 by Innocent Nkurinziza, the Nziza Workshop at Inema Arts Center trains and employs Rwandan craftswomen. The on-site workshop bustles daily with women sowing, beading and finishing bespoke pieces, creating pieces like kitenge pillow covers and goat leather handbags.

Inema's Nziza Showroom brings together artisanal work from around the country. Offering products solely produced by women the showroom features jewelry, African linens, and leatherworks made at the Nziza Workshop and from partner co-ops, including SONGA, Abraham and Azizi.


Training the NEXT GENERATION of Rwandan creative.

Founded in 2010 by Emmanuel Nkuranga, Art with a Mission works with orphans offering them an opportunity to discover and use their artistic talent. Hand-in-hand with orphanage centers, Inema Arts Center mentors in art as a skill, a talent, an occupation and survival skill.

With weekly workshops, Art with a Mission cultivates 10-17 year olds artistic abilities. Their work is then subsequently sold at the AWAM Showroom in Inema Arts Center, with the proceeds from the sales used to support the orphans livelihood and school fees.

A portion of all Inema Arts Center sales support Art with a Mission, in the form of art supplies and logistical support for students.


Rwandan culture is alive. It all starts with the drum.

With the rhythm of the country's most celebrated medium, Inema Arts Center trains over 20 youth in dance. Keeping Rwandan history and culture alive, Inema Dance fuses the past and the present for Rwanda's future.

Inema Dance helps to develop the youngsters' musical and artistic talent through a rigorous, positive and productive training. With performances held around the country, Inema dancers uphold cultural values while generating income for school fees.


Inema Art Center is a hub of activity. Inema is open from 9 AM until 7 PM and welcomes visitors to experience Rwandan creativity:

- Art: explore Inema’s extensive gallery hosting contemporary African painting, sculpture and mixed-media expression.

- Studio: see painters and artists in action at the Inema studio

- Women’s workshop: Inema is home to 15 craftswomen making jewelry, handbags, linens and bespoke African pieces. Visit the workshop and join in.

- Shop: Art throughout the studio is available for all budgets and the craft shop features pieces made onsite and the women’s workshop and custom pieces from Rwanda’s leading artisans. Perfect to find a momento for your trip or just the right gift for a loved one at home.

- Dance: The Inema Dance Troupe—30 youth aged 4 to 18 inspired by dance—practice on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons. Come see the next generation’s take on a Rwandan tradition, lead by the beat of the drum.

- Art with a Mission: Throughout the week, Inema mentors at-risk youth in painting as a form of creative expression. The art produced by the Art with a Mission students is then sold at the center, with proceeds contributing to school fees.

- Classes: Inema offers a range of classes to visitors and residents alike. Check the Inema website for the latest painting, traditional dance, and Rwandan craft classes.

- Events: Inema comes alive through monthly and special events. Catch Art Jam on the last Saturday of the month—with music, food, and canvases open throughout the center.

- Space: whether a workshop for five or a cocktail for 150, Inema is an ideal venue for your group function.

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  • Kacyiru, Kigali, Rwanda
  • +250 783 187 646
  • +250 788 653 683

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