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Creative Arts workshops instituted to develop the industry

Catherine Afeku

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has instituted a monthly creative arts workshop programme to share knowledge and contribute ideas towards making the country’s arts industry beneficial to all stakeholders.

The programme formed part of the Ministry’s strategy to rope in creative artists as partners in development.

It would also create an enabling environment for using music, drama, movies, art and craft to influence and educate the masses, while promoting national causes like sanitation, unemployment and insecurity.

A statement issued by the Ministry’s Public Affairs Unit and copied to the GNA, said the monthly workshops are strategic plan of action to monetize creativity and help make artists financially independent.

It said the workshop would be in the form of Master Classes at which recognized experts would share knowledge and lead discussions culminating in the adoption of strategies and action plans.

There would be focal group discussions spearheaded by the Creative Arts Council Secretariat.

The initiative is the brainchild of the sector Minister in furtherance of the promise made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the 2016 elections to harness the potential of Creative Arts as a major catalyst for growth.

Meanwhile, Madam Catherine Abelema Afeku, the Sector Minister, expressed appreciation to all stakeholders, including creative artists, the media and civil society organizations for their involvement in the brainstorming sessions.

“Your advocacy and constructive criticisms have been taken on board. We can only pray that these workshops will get even better and more useful as all of us as stakeholders roll them out.

“Let us all, as government, artists, the media and civil society, come together to prove the truth in what the late playwright, Professor Joe de Graft, said in his play, ”Sons and daughters,” that “The Arts also can pay”.

Source: GNA

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