Artwatch Ghana salutes all Ghanaian Museum workers as we join hands with the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to celebrate this special day on the theme “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”. It is an important day for awareness creation about the great contributions of museums in historical, educational and socio-cultural development of any nation.
It begins with general introduction that gives a brief account of the ordinances enacted and educational reforms implemented from colonial times to present in the attempt to better the educational system of Ghana. One of the aims of these ordinances and reforms was to vocationalise education to absorb learners into the world of work either to be employable or self-employed.
Museums have great responsibility of identifying, collecting, documenting and preserving the artistic heritage of their respective countries in which they are established. They also have the responsibility of educating and entertaining visitors with their exhibits and documents. These responsibility requires that funders of these museum provide funds timely while museum managements adapt creative branding strategies to attract more visitors and make it impact felt nationally, if not globally.
Two Civil Society Organisations,Artwatch Ghana and Board of Fashion Ghana, have petitioned the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to make the Creative Arts a full ministry for more jobs. The Creative Arts have been downplayed in Ghana’s economic development in terms of job creation. The One-District-One-Factor agenda of the government is in line with the capabilities of the creative arts. “The Creative Arts cover wide expanse of vocations in both Visual arts and Performing arts. Vocations in the Visual art include sculpture, painting, furniture art, basketry art, jewelry, graphic design, textiles, fashion design and ceramics. Areas in the performing arts include music, film, theatre arts. There are several career paths under each of these vocations. For instance, fashion, textiles and garment manufacturing is a major industry that employs millions of people. In some of the fashion capitals of the world, after finance, the industry is the next biggest earner.”