PROFILE OF LAGOS STATE COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURE
To make Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture the Heart Beat of Nigerian Culture through positive enunciation and implementation of the Nigerian Cultural Policy in its entirety.
To provide public positive oriented service delivery in the realm of preservation, presentation, promotion and propagation of the Rich Cultural Heritate of the people of Lagos State and Nigeria in general.
The Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture is a Social Service schedule Parastatals established by edict No. 12 of 1963 and amended in 1974. The Council has the responsibility of advising Government on the technical aspects of the National Cultural Policy and initiating principles for the Development of Institutional Infrastructure for meeting the Institutional needs. It implements International and Governmental Cultural agreements through adequate measures of coherence on all cultural activities. It is a channel between the Arts Agencies of the Culture Sector and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture on Professional matters relating to Culture and the Implementation of the National Cultural Policy.
The Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture is the overall policy organ of the Lagos State Government in the administration of Arts and Culture. The Council acts in advisory capacity to Government on Arts and Cultural matters. It offers consultancy services to public and private Cultural Institutions. The Council also acts as Commissioned Agency for Artistes and related interest groups.
The scope of the activities of the Council was recently expanded with the inauguration of a Board consisting Eight (8) members . The board’s role is advisory as they are to use their professional knowledge to impact in creating content for all the performing theatres are coming up in the five divisions of the State as well as manage these new cultural platforms.
The main thrust of The Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture is designed to express and execute the Cultural Policy for Nigeria in four (4) broad categories of
(i.) Preserving of Culture
(ii.) Promotion of Culture
(iii.) Presentation of Culture
(iv.) and the Establishment of an Administrative Structure as well as provision of funds for its implementation.
FUNCTIONS OF THE LAGOS STATE COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURE
(i.) The Council formulates Government policies for Arts and Culture
(ii.) It co-ordinates and implements the National Cultural Policy for Nigeria at the State Level.
(iii.) Plans and showcases the rich Cultural heritage of the people of Lagos.
(iv.) Legislates and regulates all Cultural activities.
(v.) Directs Cultural Education Training Programmes.
(vi.) Provides Cultural facilities
(vii.) Provides Aids and assistances to practitioners in the Art.
(viii.) Compiles, Stores and provides Cultural Information on Lagos
(ix.) Implements bilateral cultural agreements between Nigeria and friendly countries on cultural matters.
(x.) Collaborates with International Governmental and Non-Governmental Cultural Organizations.
(xi.) Provides Cultural entertainment and Educative Programmes for moral upliftment of the youths.
(xii.) Preserve and maintain Historical sites and Monuments.
The structure of the Council is that, with a strong Administrative and professional core comprising of the following departments and units headed overall by a Director of Culture:
DEPARTMENTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS
- DESIGN ARTS DIVISION: Arts production and exhibitions, Gallery Services and Craft development and Vocation Training / Artist in Residence.
- CULTURAL INDUSTRIES AN HERITAGE:
- Formulate policies on Cultural Industries and Heritage in Lagos State.
(b.) To co – ordinate the development of Cultural Industries in all Local Government and Local Council Development Areas.
(c.) To support the development, standardization and packaging of local handicrafts in the 5 divisions of Lagos State.
(d.) To provide working tools and equipment at the created Cultural Centres.
- 5. PERFORMING ARTS
(a.) Command Performances, Dramatic Arts, Dance Drama and Musicals.
(b.) Literary Arts, Scripts Writing, film making.
(c.) Youth Development etc.
- RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS AND DOCUMENTATION:
(a.) Research, Data compilation, updating and Documentation.
(b.) Production of Cultural newsletter.
(c.) Library and Archives Services.
(d) Book publications and periodicals.
The Council promotes, propagates and preserves our culture through festivals exhibitions, trade fairs, training, seminars, workshop etc.
Other activities include but not limited to the production of the followings: (i) Tier/Dye (ii) Batik Print (iii) Wall Mural (iv) Sculptural Piece (v) Interior Designs and Decorations (vi) Personalised Cards and Portraits, (vii) Ready-made wares etc.
The Council also present educative cultural entertainments, drama sketches and dances at parties, workshops, seminars, Annual General Meeting etc.
Cultural workshops, seminars and conferences are part of the Agency’s regular activities.
Cultural Publication such as the Lagos Life and Culture Publication Vol I and Abinibi Cultural Newsletter are on sale at the Council.
Culture is used as the main instrument of positive change to build a better nation.
Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture is located at:
Plot 133, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja
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