New board for NACN

09 June 2019 | Art and Entertainment

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture recently announced the appointment of new members to the National Arts Council (NACN) who will be serving for the next three years.

The new council consists of representatives who include new members as well as former council members Patrick Sam, a consultant and arts advocate, and the manager of the Craft Centre Shareen Thude, who both retained their positions of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson respectively, as well as representatives of the ministry Sanet Steenkamp and Ervast Mtota. The new publicly nominated members are Dalicia Olivier, Leitago /Narib and alternate members Petsy Neiss, Ambrosius Sindano, Martha Amutenya, Felix Haingura, Veno Kauaria, and M’kariko Amagulu.

According to Thude, serving on the council again gives her the chance to build on the strong foundation already created over the past three years, while /Narib said that his mission is to bring the council closer to the artists, to ensure information sharing is improved and that sustainable funding methods are developed so that artists can create their own wealth.

Amutenya feels that the arts should be recognised and valued, a sentiment echoed by Sindano who said that “arts are neglected. The Arts Council needs to raise the importance of arts in school so that they youth have an option to improve learned practical skills with more education in future.”

The council received 32 nominations for members this year, who were screened and assessed with regards to key competencies that are essential to the future development of the NACN. The council’s mandate is to develop local arts through funding and providing support services to Namibian artists and art organisations while adhering to the principles of access, equity, quality and democracy.

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