Not too long ago I was interviewing the Zambian artist William Miko for a piece I was writing. He told how he believed art to be the key to the development of a country. He sited Japan's long history of creativity and compared it with their technological achievements.
What do you think? Does art contribute to development in terms of ideas, cultural reactions, how we see the world etc.?
What a fascinating discussion! But I'm sure you've all got much more to say about this fascinating topic.I hope you don't mind me starting it up again as I'd love to hear more. I'm so convinced that art is the key to development that I've set a little company up to find out more! I'm from the UK where art is very much considered a luxury for the privileged few and not, as I believe it should be, the birthright of each and everyone of us. Aren't the arts and creativity essential to the development of us all as individuals, groups and communities?
Do let me know what you think and, if you do think art has this power, what do you think we should do about it?
I look forward to hearing from you,