The state of the arts in Ghana – a critical appraisal of Organization and Administration

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Culture constitutes a fundamental dimension of development process which helps to strengthen the independence, sovereignty and identity of nations. Growth has frequently been conceived by quantitative terms, without taking into account its necessary qualitative dimension, namely the satisfaction of man’s spiritual and cultural aspiration. The aim of genuine development is the continuing well-being and fulfillment of each and every individual for the betterment of the entire society. Art is indisputably an integral part of culture. Since independence, attempts have been made to promote the art in the cultural establishment. The promotion of the arts has been the task of the Ministry of Education and Culture, in the revolutionary process. Art and culture have been accorded remarkable support by the government. Quite recently, the Provisional National Defence Council (P.N.D.C.) government has established the Commission on National, Culture – a body to formulate policies to be implemented by the Centres for National Culture in the regions. Its main objective includes the promotion, the presentation and preservation of the art. The author of this thesis, who is an official of the Centre for national Culture, Greater Accra region, sees the need to direct the attention of the commission on National Culture towards more effective and efficient organization and administration of the art in the context of Cultural and National Development hence this research effort. This thesis, is an attempt to appraise the current organization and administration of arts in Ghana and bring to the fore its strengths and weakness and to make some suggestions for improvement, the main research method employed is the Descriptive and Analytical approach. The research instruments used are questionnaires and interview. The scope of the research covered the newly established commission on National Culture, the Centre for National Culture – Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions, and practicing artistes and artists in both regions as well. The sample population totaled 97. The report is presented in six chapters as follows: Chapter one; this is the introductory chapter which deals with the problem and its setting. Chapter two, this chapter deals with literature review. Chapter three, this chapter looks at the historical overview of the development of the Art in Ghana fro 1951 – 1986. Chapter four, this deals with the present state of the Art in Ghana touching on organization and administration in the revolutionary era. Chapter five, the analysis and interpretation of field dada obtained have been presented in this chapter Chapter six, this chapter deals with the conclusion, suggestions and recommendation of the report.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Master of Arts in Art Education, 1989