PaDen Network is a product of young college going artists who were motivated by the desire to use the student movement space as a launch pad for transformative action. And thus, in the spring of 2016, young college artists, mainly comedians, came together to form Chaseka Club, with the aim of nurturing comedians to be key social media influencers within college settings – an arrangement that ultimately went beyond comedy, to include various art forms. And upon leaving college, and driven by a searing desire to use their art talents to shine the light on various national issues, Chaseka Comedy gradually transformed to Paden Network. ‘Paden’ is street lingo for ‘home’ and likewise, the mantra is that home is the best space to incubate and orient your artistic talents, and out of the inspiration that your community provides, community-based artists become of service to the national democratization push. Paden Network is thus a structured platform that brings together artists awoke to the fact that art can be that force for good.
Paden envisions being an igneous icon of the awesomeness of African art, and in ways that fires adventurous optimism.
Creating youth friendly platforms that foster interactions between community artists, citizens and duty bearers in ways that promote the co-creation of development solutions.
Our theory of change notes and postulates that: If communities are consulted; If art is rightly considered as the soul of the community; If artist are given the freedom to positively influence communities; THEN; communities are empowered to voice their concerns; Then artist will wield power in ways that conditions sustainable constitutionalism; Then there is tolerance. Ultimately, the nation state, overtime, retreats back to democratic procedure.