Why Artists Should Explore Ways to Solve Humanity’s Problems | The Guardian Nigeria News
Art researchers, visual artists and plastic arts actors have called on the government to formulate policies that will protect the profession. They also called on artists from all spheres of the economy such as education, media, studio practice, and industries to focus their attention on problem-solving issues.
They all spoke at the recently concluded Art Arising 2021 arts festival titled Visual Arts Education Trajectories in Nigeria: Responding to Its Receding Reality, held at the Onikan National Museum. , in Lagos. The festival was organized by Art Alliance 51, a non-profit art organization. organization.
In a statement released and signed by Dr Kunle Adeyemi, program coordinator, they called on government-funded arts agencies and the Society of Nigerian Artists to put in place useful and achievable regulations for visual arts practices.
The following resolutions and recommendations were also adopted:
• The need to educate leaders and office holders of federal, state and local governments on the importance of arts education in social development;
• the bureaucracy regarding the requirements for studying visual arts at higher education institutions in Nigeria should be flexible to accommodate art or science students provided they have five credits;
• explore the visual arts to solve the problems of humanity (art therapy, applied arts, professional arts / technological / ICT, animation, etc.);
• the adaptation of African culture into our visual arts studies and practices will greatly contribute to projecting our potential as Africans;
• awareness should be created to enable people who wish to study the visual arts to get it right from the start;
• artists and the Society of Nigerian Artists should take responsibility for developing their careers as policy makers in whatever human endeavor they find themselves;
• the arts should be removed from the culture of our education which was based on an administrative structure towards a very pragmatic, technological and ICT culture; and
• artists should be more visible in the public space by setting up meaningful art shows and programs and solving problems on television channels and other available media to enable the visual arts to reach a wide audience. public in homes.