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Why artists should explore ways of solving humanity problems

By Sunday Aikulola
26 September 2021   |   1:38 am
Art scholars, visual artists and stakeholders in the plastic art have called on government to formulate policies that will protect the profession.

Art scholars, visual artists and stakeholders in the plastic art have called on government to formulate policies that will protect the profession. They also called on artists in all sphere of the economy such as education, media, studio practice and industries to focus their attention on problem solving issues.

They all spoke at just concluded 2021 Art Arising Festival of Arts, titled, Visual Arts Education Trajectories in Nigeria: Responding to its Receding Reality held at the National Museum Onikan, Lagos.The festival was organised by Art Alliance 51, a not for profit art organisation.

In a communiqué issued and signed by Dr. Kunle Adeyemi, Programme Coordinator, they called on government funded art agencies and the Society of Nigerian Artists to put up purposeful and workable regulations for visual arts practices.

The following resolutions and recommendations were also adopted:
• The need to educate leaders and office holders from the Federal, states and local governments on the importance of art education in social development;
• bureaucracy about the requirements involved in the study of visual arts in Nigeria’s higher institutions of learning should be flexible to accommodate art or science student provided he/she has five credits;
• exploring visual arts to solve humanity problems (art therapy, applied arts, vocational/technology/ICT imbued arts, animation, and the likes);
• adaptation of African culture into our visual arts studies and practices will go a long way to project our potentials as Africans;
• awareness should be created to let people who want to study visual arts get it right from the beginning;
• artists and the Society of Nigerian Artists should take responsibilities of developing their careers by being part of policy makers in whatever human endeavour they found themselves;
• arts should be withdrawn from the culture of our education that was based on administrative structure to a very pragmatic, technologically and ICT one; and
• artists should be more visible in the public space by putting up meaningful and problem solving Art shows and programmes on TV stations and other available media to allow Visual Arts to get to large audience at homes.

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