Arts

Liberia Visual Arts Academy Reopens

It was a scene full of enthusiasm when nearly 20 students of the Liberia Visual Arts Academy (Livarts) finally had the opportunity to reopen the institution following months of closure due to the Ebola virus.

Speaking over the weekend at Livarts campus on 15 Street, Sinkor, Leslie Lumeh the Executive Director said, “The creative vision of youths with the ambition to become artists should not be taken for granted by parents and the public.”

Liberian Painters Launch Ebola Exhibit

The paintings were the talk of the May 11 official program at the Centennial Pavillion, where Liberia was declared Ebola-free.  They were by no means on the program agenda.  However, with the help of Mrs. Louise McMillian, Assistant Minister for Culture at Liberia's Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) the paintings caught the attention of the array dignitaries, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her cabinet and guests, giving profound relevance and flavor to the Ebola-free celebration. 


Kekura Kamara

Balawa Foundation to Launch Arts Studio

The Executive Director of the Balawa International Foundation, Kekura Kamara has disclosed that his organization will on Unification Day unveil a modern arts studio in order to preserve Liberian heritage.

Mr. Kamara said that the studio will undertake a series of projects, so as to enable the public to know that they have a unique culture and that it is their responsibility to uphold it.

“We believe that culture is our identity and every work that will come out of the studio will be up to international standards.”

Imago Mundi Publishes Book On Contemporary Liberian and Sierra Leonean Arts

In a recently released book by Imago Mundi (Image of the World) featuring contemporary artists from Liberia and Sierra Leone and titled: “Liberia and Sierra Leone: The Everyday Struggle”, art has again proved that it epitomizes the Liberian society and can be used as a valuable asset that could promote not only tourism but also help restore appreciation for Liberian arts, especially following the country’s civil war.

As Exhibition Closes, Recovery Continues

At the recent closing of the “Recovery” exhibition at the Liberia National Museum, it was a scene full of the finest work of arts on display, ranging from painting to handicraft.  The beautiful works attracted the eyes of the audience and some could hardly hold back their amazement and enthusiasm.

Before the civil war Liberian arts were known as “Classical” because of the artistic abilities of its artist and were widely recognized.  To that extent, Liberian art was a powerful tool in drawing the country to unity.

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