The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with Painting In The Open (PITO) has celebrated this year’s World Art Day with a call on citizens to embrace and infuse art into their lives as it offered opportunities for cultural and economic growth.
The day which was marked at the AMA City Hall on Monday, April 15, 2019 under the theme ‘Accra for Art’ with activities which included a painting session, art exhibition and wall murals on the Kinbu Secondary Technical School building.
The Chief Executive Officer of AMA, Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah, in his remarks stressed the need for cities to embrace and engage creative artists in its branding attempts to better position the city of Accra as a destination that offer opportunities for economic growth and development.
“In the age of globalization, place-making principles are being used to brand cities in ways that project them as international destinations. Image and reputation have become brand imperatives and cities are adopting creative strategies for making their local spaces viable entities,” he stressed.
Mayor Adjei Sowah noted that, it was in that regard that the AMA had adopted a policy to work with artists to brand Accra as a green, beautiful and colourful city, where city dwellers and tourists alike could live in and love it, adding that “Our aim is to make visitors to Accra feel the vibrant pulse of the city in the forms and colours of its creative artists.”
He reiterated the Assembly’s commitment to work with creative persons who are willing to join in rebranding Accra through art and pledged to make Accra a tourist destination for art, citing the annual ‘Chalewote’ Street Art Festival as one that was making strides and putting Accra on the globe.
The President of PITO, Mr. William Patrick Doudu hinted that his outfit would organize workshops in schools in the city to empower the youth to appreciate art, adding that his outfit is keen to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which cannot be accomplished without art.
Mr. Patrick Doudu also urged parents and guardians to empower and support their wards who have love for the art.
The Headmistress of Kinbu Secondary Technical School, Madam Gloria Adukonu, who spoke on behalf of the Metro Director of Education, on her part expressed appreciation to AMA and PITO for choosing her school to join celebrate the day.
She stressed the importance of arts, describing it as part of daily lives and activities hence the study of visual arts in senior high schools.
She also appealed to PITO to paint the entire school to increase its ecstasy.
The President of the Ghana Association of Visual Artists (GAVA), Nana Owuo Owuohene on his part appealed to government to construct an art gallery to serve as an archive of arts legendaries in the art industry.
World Art Day is an international celebration of fine arts which was declared by the International Association of Arts (IAA/AIAP), a partner of UNESCO to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide. The first World Art Day was held on April 15, 2012, a date chosen in honour of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday and has since been celebrated annually and this year marks the 4th celebration of World Art Day in Ghana.