Make art a career, not a hobby: Artists

Renowned artists in the country are planning to engage the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture to adopt art as part of the national education curriculum.

Oliver Mtukudzi
Oliver Mtukudzi

The proposed development comes after the realization that art was the least respected profession in the country. Yet it has produced internationally recognized artists such as sculptor Dominic Benhura, afro jazz superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, theatre guru Jasen Mphepo amongst a host of others.

2010-2011 National Arts Merit Awards NAMA award winner Ngonidzashe Tsiga informed the local media here that they are planning to engage the education ministry to take up art as part of the country’s education curriculum.

He said they had already partnered with the Culture Fund Organisation and various artists across the country.

“We are soon to embark on an outreach programme across the country in an endeavour to raise awareness programmes on the need to include art in the curriculum. We want to encourage our children to take up art as a career and not a hobby,” he said.

The outspoken artists lamented that, “Art is not taken seriously in our country. Usually locals are involved when they are young, but later abandon it and pursue other careers which they believe are important.”

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