Stone carving seminar influences policy

© Angweny Gichana

Traditional Kisii stone carving from the Tabaka region of Kenya has evolved to include contemporary art sculptures and installations that can today be found all over the world. To capitalize on the value of these works, the Design Power Consultants held a stone sculpture symposium and exhibition, bringing together leading Kenyan sculptors and 300 participants from 12 countries. Meanwhile, 2,000 people visited a related carving exhibition.

Following recommendations made by the symposium, the Ministry of Education promptly acted upon two of them. One was that creative arts teachers in public service have gained the same entitlements as all other teachers for continuing education.

The second recommendation follow-up was that the Ministry registered the Africa Institute for Culture and Development whose main task involves training rural communities on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.

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