Nyumba ya Sanaa

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The main gate of Nyumba ya Sanaa, with decorations by Tanzanian sculptor George Lilanga

Nyumba ya Sanaa (in Swahili, "House of Art"), also known as the Mwalimu[1] Nyerere Cultural Centre or Julius Nyerere Cultural Centre, is a cultural centre, art workshop and shop located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, established to promote local art and craftmanship.

The Centre was founded by American Maryknoll Sister Jean Pruitt in 1972. It is intended to support local artists and help them display and sell their works. The centre also stages dance and music exhibitions, and it is one of the major visitor attractions in Dar es Salaam.

Painter and sculptor George Lilanga, one of the most famous and internationally acclaimed Tanzanian artists, began his career at the Centre. Part of the buildings of the Centre, as well as its main entrance gates, have been decorated by Lilanga. Other notable artists that have operated at Nyumba ya Sanaa include Augustino Malaba, Patrick Francis, and Robino Ntila.


  1. ^ Mwalimu, "teacher", is a honorary title widely used in Tanzania to refer to the country's first president, Julius Nyerere.

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