Iaian Vernier's Memoir
Chapter 20. The Fine Arts
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In the year 2280, during the period when I had returned to the World Society in Nairobi for my final service, I had vacation time to use. This coincided with the opening of a new Museum of the Visual Arts in Akan, the new capital city of what had once been Ghana, near the now desolate coastal city of Accra. This new museum was to resurrect in memory the looted and destroyed museum of African arts that had once stood in this general area.
What I experienced in Akan during a weeklong sojourn has shaped my views on the arts, and in subsequent discussions with our own specialists, it is the basis for what I will write below. The museum was built to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the city, roughly at the beginning of the World Society conclaves in Geneva. There was enough technological and economic dynamic at that time so that the remaining tribal elders could conceive of and act for their remnant peoples on proposals for the future.
The invited architects, engineers, medical people from all the continents to this museum’s construction and dedication were paid in local products, mostly crafts. The foreigners, like many other previous visitors to this fertile ← 137 | 138 →area at the cusp of the Atlantic and the jungles of Africa, contributed their genetics as well as their skills. But this was the plan of the wise leadership. Africa, this indigenous leadership determined, would be at...
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