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Joy Mboya


Joy is the Director of The Performing & Visual Arts Centre Ltd, popularly called the Godown Arts Centre, a young nonprofit facility providing subsidized space for Kenyan artists and presenting artistic public programs for local audiences.

She is a current Board member of the Kenya Copyright Board, a Trustee of Gaara Dance Foundation, as well as Trustee of the Kalasha Film Awards, Kenya. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Action for Music. In 2004, she received the National Women’s Council of Kenya 2004 Merit Award for her contribution to the development of the performing arts. More recently, in 2009 she received the Head of State Commendation medal for her contribution to the development of the creative economy in Kenya, and in 2013 another sState commendation, the Order of the Golden Warrior, for contribution to the development of the cultural sector.  Further, she was recipient of the Ford Foundation Champion of Democracy Award in 2013.  Through appointment by the Minister of Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services, she has served on the Governing Council of the Kenya Cultural Centre.

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