So why would an organization like Tin Roof Foundation, whose mission is to connect people to work together for good and the Gospel, host motion graphics design sessions in Nairobi?

The answer is simple. The local stories of amazing people doing amazing things are stories that need to be told from a Kenyan perspective. By further equipping and empowering local talent and storytellers with tools and knowledge, the stories can be told with excellence and context.

As we empower people and organisations to take action for good and the Gospel in East Africa we need these talented storytellers to share with the world what is happening so the world can be informed and people can decide how they want to engage.

That’s how we came to host one of the top US Motion Graphics Artists, Barton Damer, for a series of workshops in Nairobi. Over three days, the founding artist of Already Been Chewed spoke with students, churches, community organisations and professionals working in the field to share valuable insights into visual storytelling, entrepreneurship and breaking into the US market.

At the workshop for professionals, Barton was joined by visual effects expert Cris Blyth of What’s Good Studios and Jim Karutu, Creative Director of Keyframe. This turned the session into a masterclass and a fantastic opportunity for those working in the field of motion graphics, animation and design to meet their peers and look for opportunities to collaborate.

As well as hosting the formal sessions, Barton also took time to visit Uweza Art Gallery and Filamu Juani to inspire young people working in the creative field.

Our thanks to Barton for taking time away from his family and business to share his skills and knowledge here in Kenya. Thanks also to his co-hosts Cris and Jim and to World Hope Centre Lavington, What’s Good Studios and Strathmore University for helping to bring this all together by providing venues, contacts and support.

Whitney Koonce