The Liberia Visual Arts (LiVArts) Academy, along with Accountability Lab, has finalized plans to re-launch the Accountability Art School following delays due to the Ebola crisis.
The art school will consist of three monthly sessions, followed by a public exhibition, of the artworks produced by participating students.
The program will be launched on Saturday, June 6. Thirty students from the Kids Power Program and who are between the ages of 10 and 15 are expected to benefit from the initiative.
According to a press release, “the Accountability Lab during the program will offer both technical and financial support to LiVArts.”
“LIVarts will oversee logistics and all aspects of artistic instruction,” the release added.
The Executive Director of LiVArts Leslie Lumeh said, “Accountability isn’t just about the government. Every individual is accountable in one way or another for the development and growth of society.”
“The aim of the program is to make children reflect on their future role as leaders, articulating their perspectives on that position through art,” he added.
He said further that LiVArts is a valuable tool that could be used to educate Liberian youth, directly enhancing individual craft knowledge from an artistic perspective while building critical thinking that will enable the artist to discern right from wrong. This is the foundation of a good citizenship, Mr. Lumeh said.
Duke Appleton, who is the founder of Artists without Borders, will serve, along with Frank Dwuye, as assistant classroom facilitators to the Executive Director.
The Liberia Visual Arts Academy was founded in 2009 and aims to provide a safe haven for children, enhancing their artistic thought and creativity. LiVArts trains young Liberians in the visual arts, promoting their understanding about the Liberian culture, and offers two core programs — the Kids Power program and Certificate Program — for young Adults.
The Accountability Lab co-creates innovative tools in order to fight corruption and build accountability. It helps creative people and organizations to develop tools, as well as to help communities hold their leaders accountable.
It has supported a variety of initiatives in the visual arts, including an ongoing mural campaign and the production of an accountability comic book series.
The U.S. and French Embassies in Monrovia support LiVArts, in partnership with the Daily Observer newspaper and the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP).