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Director General of the National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, says the international community has expressed interest in supporting the development of Nigeria’s creative industry. Runsewe who is also the president of the World Craft Council (WCC) made this known in a chat with the media at the closing ceremony of the 16th edition of the NCAC’s International Arts & Crafts Expo held in Abuja at the weekend.
Una convocatoria dirigida a instituciones, colectivos y organizaciones sociales es liderada por el Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y los Saberes para financiar proyectos de formación artística y cultural en el marco de cuatro enfoques: territorial, diversidad e interculturalidad, cultura de paz, pensamientos y saberes artísticos relacionales.
In a bid to influence society’s ability to not only create but also operate institutions effectively, expert and stakeholders at the recently concluded International Arts and Craft Expo have tasked the Federal Government to see culture as important in promoting national security and economic growth.
In recent weeks, there has been a significant focus on cultural employment in different parts of the world. In late August in India, G20 Culture Ministers made a call to action, urging the integration of decent work goals into ongoing and future cultural policies. They call for adequate remuneration systems, comprehensive social protection, and support for transition to the formal economy where relevant. Additionally, the importance of a just transition to the digital environment is highlighted, along with the need for increased investments in skills training, technical assistance, and lifelong learning opportunities, particularly crucial for women, youth, and marginalised or vulnerable groups within the cultural and creative sectors (CCSs).
Federal commissioners and Congress members are seeking to update the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA), a law that aims to protect the work of Native artists and artisans by establishing standards for craft authenticity and by imposing criminal penalties for counterfeit Native American goods, a persistent and growing issue for Native artists whose livelihoods depend on their practices. However, some Native American tribal members are concerned that the proposed revisions are overly broad and may unravel important existing protections.
The country’s nascent creative industries hold vast potential to help diversify its oil-dependent economy. To do so, greater investment and policy support are indispensable.