A Call To Support Ghanaian Artists Impacted By COVID-19

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Artist Lois Selasie Arde-Acquah performs at the Orderly Disorderly exhibition inside the Museum of Science and Technology, Accra, 2017 (Image by Nii Kotei Nikoi – @niikotei)

In Ghana, most of the sectors with structures have seen some sort of stimulus packages distributed to them amid the coronavirus pandemic. One sector that has suffered the most is the Art Industry. This pandemic has exposed how the government puts profits above the people and their lives. Our health sector has been exposed of its inability to handle a pandemic.

Artists around the country have had to put all their projects on hold due to the then lockdown and now restrictions set in place. The Art industry is one of the most interactive industries. With the social dsitancing set in place, this will have some effect on the once vibrant art scenes in Ghana.

With the Government slashing the cost of electricity and canceling of water bills for three months, artists have not necessarily benefited much from the government.

Last year, Ghana celebrated the “Year of Return” which was based mainly on showcasing Ghanaian art and culture. This initiative saw alot of people and high profile personalities troop to have an experience of the rich Ghanaian culture.

With the government doing nothing to support artist, Edem Barbara Ntumy has decided to open a Go FundMe page to raise £2,000(GH₵14,089.26) to support Ghanaian artist living in the country.

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£70 (GH₵493.33) has so far been raised, Ghanaians are therefore urged to support the Art industry with their donations. Edem Ntumy is also “calling on the African Diaspora to step in where the Ghanaian government has failed, in providing much-needed support for members of the country’s art communities.”

Source: Kuulpeeps

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