Gallery of Arts supports arts, culture, crafts
From Ismaila Muhammad, Dutse
To buttress its responsibility of promoting arts, crafts and culture among Nigerians, the National Gallery of Arts, has stated its determination to continue to encourage pupils and students of secondary schools up to university level as well as tertiary Institutions of learning, to embrace cultures of designs, arts and crafts.
The Curator of Gallery in charge of Kano Office, Hajiya Kaltume Gana made the remarks in an interview with our correspondent in Dutse, during the exhibitions of arts organised by the Standard School, Dutse Jigawa state where the pupils of the school displayed various creative designs, they learnt and manufactured.
She said now, the country is in next level where talents who can create and design a lot of things that can depict our culture, history and values capable of boosting the economy of the country are needed.
According to the Curator, the Federal Government is ready to assist people with talents particularly the young children who are the future leaders of the country in order to become self-reliant, pointing out that government has limited white-collar jobs to provide for everybody.
Also speaking to our reporter, the Proprietress of the School, Hajiya
Bilkisu Shehu said the reason of organising the exhibition was for children who performed below expectations and were being vilified by their parents to understand that they can be excellent in the areas of arts and designs, saying that every human being is endowed with wisdom and talent in different fields.
She added that people of the other sections of the country have gone far in terms of arts and designs and that is why they want to educate the young ones on crafts and technical education for them to become self- reliant.
One of the pupils, Mustapha Ahmad Gumel who manufactured different types of shoes said he is happy that he learnt crafts and designs, saying: “My hope is to establish a shoe factory when I grow up.”
During the exhibition, lots of decoration, local clay pots, shoes, plastic dust bins, plastic bags, drawings and clothing materials among many other things of interest were displayed and highly impressed the guests and attracted patronage.