Art-Tech District introduces digital museum to strengthen culture
The Art-Tech District, powered by Civic Innovation Lab has introduced a digitally-driven discovery museum to strengthen museum culture in Nigeria.
The museum, which is a synchronisation of art, history and technology, was established to educate, empower and create positive awareness about Nigeria, its history, and culture, through pictures, films and artifacts.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the General Manager, Faridah Dikko, called for reparation of all Nigerian artifacts around the world.
Dikko noted that technology and digital media is the future, adding that the features of the Art-Tech District includes the play box, digital museum, discovery museum, virtual reality and escape room.
She said, “We thought there was a gap, so we try to strengthen the museum-going culture, we want to focus on our history and share history with our communities, share our vision, talent within the community and really engaging the young people and children.
Dikko observed that the museum had in recent times emerged as the focal point of the Art-Tech District of Nigeria and is the first in the region devoted to shaping the narrative of the culture, people and democratic ideals through the intersection of technology and art.
According to her, “what we are trying to do is create new things like where to learn new things, like individuals who want to learn new things in the technology industry.
“We have started with museum, the focal point of Art-Tech District looks at the history of how we became a country, the history of our country, the economy of how we are involved. Teach people our history, and people that know our history, we refresh their memory again. Music is a huge hot culture in Nigeria, we have music room, we have history room, where people know about Nigeria’s history. We have an art exhibition, we give upcoming artist to showcase their work and give them that exposure to the members of the public.
“As a country, we really want all our artifacts around the world to be returned. We need to keep having conversation going. Here you can come in with your family and spend the whole day, you can visit the museum, we have restaurant site, and we have Amazonia, which opened in the summer.
“We have art and crafts studio and local artist that can teach how to make tie and die clothing, which is important in the textile industry in Nigeria,” she added.