Five cultural outfits have been awarded a total of GHC62,800 to execute projects in the literary, performing and visual arts by the Danish-sponsored Ghanaian Cultural Fund.
The grants were announced at a little ceremony held at the residence of the Danish Ambassador, Flemming Bjork Pederson.
The recipients are The Mmofra Foundation, Sirigu Women’s Organization for Pottery and Art (SWAPO), Sub-Saharan Publishers, Theatre for a Change and Takashi Music.
The Danish Ambassador, who heads the five-member board that oversees the Fund, said more than 30 artistes, groups and institutions responded to the Fund’s call for applications last May.
According to him, the board resorted to the expertise of five senior professionals in the arts, whom he referred to as the Peer Review Committee, to help it make informed decisions about the grant recipients.
The Mmofra Foundation is being awarded GHC12,000 to facilitate its promotion of children’s education through the arts.
The Foundation has been in existence since 1992 and employs art forms like literature, drama and painting to enhance children’s self-expression and awareness of the wider world.
The Sirigu Women’s Organization for Pottery and Art (SWAPO) that specializes in wall designing and pottery to generate income for the Sirigu community in the Upper East Region, is receiving GHC13,000.
The money is to enable them run a project that will assist in wealth creation for their community and also help preserve aspects of the cultural heritage of Northern Ghana.
A project by the Sub-Saharan Publishers to distribute copies of Island of Slaves, a book by Danish writer Thorkil Hansen to all senior secondary schools and libraries in the country, received GHC7,000.
Theatre for a Change which relies on interactive theatre to bring about social change, got GHC18,000. Takashi Music which researches into the application of indigenous African instruments for dance music and also organizes workshops for students and youth on the subject, received GHC12,000.
Dr. Esi Sutherland-Addy of the Mmofra Foundation spoke on behalf of the grant recipients. She said they are very pleased there is a fund that recognizes creativity so that creative persons do not have to endure headaches coming up with “a concrete, saleable, marketable product that has to be economically viable” before they get the resources to realise their dreams.
She promised that they would do their best to utilize the grants effectively for the board to realise that it has set off on a good path.
Ms Korkor Amarteifio of the Institute for Music and Development which administers the Fund, announced that the deadline for new applications for grants was September 15, 2007.