The Upper West Centre for National Culture and the Dr. Hilla Limann Technical University have begun talks “to explore areas of partnership” in the area of arts development in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
The decision to collaborate follows a closed door meeting management of the Centre for National Culture (CNC) had with some lecturers of the University.
According to a post on the CNC’s Facebook page, “the meeting was the first of its kind to explore areas of partnership towards the greater appreciation and growth of arts in the region”.
Director of Programs for the CNC, Mr. Pamphilio Kuubesign, in giving an overview and the state of arts in the region, bemoaned that “little has been done to explore this critical component of culture in the region”.
He partly attributed the lack of growth and development in the arts “to the absence of a theatre to house talents in the arts and display crafts”.
The lecturers, led by Architect Dr. Anthony Bangdome Dery, Director, Directorate of Research and Academic Programs Development “acknowledged the fact that a lot has been going on in terms of research especially on symbols in the Waala Traditional Council to preserve the cultural heritage” of the people.
He, however, expressed sadness over the little investment made by government and the private sector in the area of arts “which is a potential venture for wealth creation and job creation for the youth”.
Arc. Dr. Anthony highlighted the core programs University offer in arts and the possibility of leveraging on the human resources to ignite arts in the region. The programs include textiles, ceramics, wood work and basketry, metal design and fabrication. Graphics design and leather works would be introduced in next academic year 2023.
The Upper West Regional Director for CNC, Mr. Yahaya Jamal-Deen commended the lecturers of Dr. Hilla Limann Technical University for their visit to the Centre and promised to also reciprocate the gesture.
“We are optimistic of impactful partnerships towards the growth and appreciation of Arts and Culture in the Upper West Region”, he emphasised.
The Upper West Centre for National Culture is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. It is mandated by law to promote, sustain and develop cultural and artistic excellence in the region. The Centre has arts/craft centre, weaving and sewing department.