Thursday, June 4, 2020

Establishment of the Botswana Arts Institute on the cards

The Botswana Society of Arts (BSA) has appealed to government and the private sector to come on board and assist in constructing the country’s Arts Institute. The facility, which is expected to be specialized in arts training, is expected to unearth Batswana who have talent.

The institute will be housed behind Fairgrounds Holdings and is expected to assist both children and adults to give more meaningful contributions to arts and culture.

This idea, however, has been on the cards for almost 15 years due to lack of funding.

“The institute is an NGO’s initiative but, to have the school up and running, government and private sector support is needed,” said Lebogang Matsididi, the Office Coordinator at BSA.

The institute will serve an important national need, promote and encourage young people to take full advantage of the courses that will be provided by the institute.

“The institute will provide a venue for art in the broadest sense of the term,” he said. BSA has audacious ambitions for the arts industry in the country through this institute. He said that “this baby cannot be born without government advocating for it”.

Matsididi said the institute is of paramount importance.

“We have Batswana who have a passion in arts but they don’t have skills to back it up.”
He called upon artists to help in fundraising towards the development of their institute. Meanwhile he said plans are underway to commence training even though the structure is not yet in place.

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