Liberian Government: Support The Arts!

On February of 2013, The Liberian Listener interviewed Kona Khasu Sr.  The following is an excerpt:

Liberian Listener: Has the Sirleaf government been receptive to your efforts, and what level of involvement and cooperation does the Council expect from the president?

Kona Khasu Sr.: We are hopeful that President Sirleaf soon will respond to our letter requesting that she endorses and request Legislative actions on two strategic recommendations of Dr. Elwood Dunn’s 165thIndependence Celebration Oration:

(1) turn over the E. J. Roye Building to civil society group for use as a national Arts Center for Liberia; and

(2) request the Legislature to pass a law stipulating a certain percentage of the Annual Budget of the Republic of Liberia to support the country’s arts and culture.

At the recent National Vision Conference in Gbarnga, the president mentioned my work with the Blamadon Center for Arts, and my leadership in organizing the Council and said ‘now is the time’. I assumed she meant she was giving favorable consideration to our request. Perhaps we will receive a formal response during the impending Annual Message.


Liberian Listener: What role do you desire for the private sector to play in support of the Liberia Arts & Culture Council as has been done successfully in other countries?

Kona Khasu Sr.: The ACCL is finalizing a Declaration on the Role of Arts and Culture on National Development that should be proclaimed shortly. In that Declaration, we describe the role of the private sector in paragraphs Sections 4, 6, and 7 of CHAPTER VIII: OUR CALL TO ACTION:

Section 4. We call upon the private sector to promote arts and culture by increasing its direct support to artists of this country who work tirelessly to create, preserve, and protect their creations for posterity.

Section 6. We call upon the Government of the Republic of Liberia to establish institutions, which support the creation of art, the study of arts, the public access to art, and research of our traditional and contemporary arts so that our emerging culture is inclusive, relevant and responsive to our contemporary existence.

Section 7. We call upon the international development community of Liberia to broaden their development agenda to include recognition that a people without a strong sense of cultural identity can never truly perceive nor sustain genuine development.

Check out the Liberian Listener for the full article with entire interview.

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