NAGN launches Come Together Workshop Series

20 Feb 2018 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 20 FEB (NAMPA) - Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Namibia through the First National Bank (FNB) Foundation Trust and the National Arts Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) launched the ‘Come Together Workshop Series’ on Monday.
The workshops will provide basic skills training in arts to target groups and serve as a platform for sustainable investment in the arts community.
A minimum of four workshops will be held annually outside the Windhoek central area, and two in the Windhoek area over three years.
The project will be rolled out to all 14 regions and commenced with a print-making project in Windhoek from Monday until Friday which is being attended by 20 participants.
NAGN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Snobia Kaputu explained that the development of educational programmes in respect of visual arts and crafts will contribute to the development of a creative economy and arts industry in Namibia.
“This approach of professionally facilitated workshops will strengthen the quality of the work on display,” said Kaputu.
She said it also gives professional artists the opportunity to pass on skills to learners and upcoming artists.
Also speaking at the event, RMB Corporate Social Investment Committee Chairperson Rehabeam Auala said it is crucial to enable young people, particularly those from underprivileged backgrounds, to retrieve the link with their traditional cultural environment from which they have often been disconnected.
“In our current context of globalisation, arts education based on cultural heritage and contemporary artistic creation can help enhance local cultural production value in the eyes of the young, favouring a kind of creativity that is rooted in the local cultural environment and sustains cultural diversity,” Auala said.
RMB Namibia has availed over N.dollars 400 000 to fund the project.