Under the programme called ArtReach, students are exposed to the Centre’s impressive permanent collection and also provided with an opportunity to obtain information regarding options for further study as well as career options in the field of art.
Though most students are aware that artists are professionals just like doctors, engineers and lawyers, many of them are uninformed about the full range of options in the field of art and the availability of these options in Greater Accra and elsewhere.
Students also have limited information on tertiary level programmes of studies and subsequent career paths in art that include being a painter, sculptor, curator, teacher, gallery owner, art administrator or conservator.
“That’s why the Dei Centre which is a partnership between the Seth and Carleene Dei Foundation and New York University’s Africa House, has developed programmes to provide students with some of the knowledge required to make sound decisions vis-à-vis the available choices.” states Carleene Dei, director of the ArtReach programme.
The Dei Centre has appealed for sponsors to help cover the costs of making ArtReach available to students and Fan Milk Ghana Limited has responded with a donation of Ghc3,3000 to facilitate the programme at Labone Senior High School.
According to the ArtReach director, Aburi Girls Senior High, Accra High, Presbyterian Boys Senior High (Legon) and Morning Star are among the schools that have requested for ArtReach to be made available to incoming juniors and seniors.
According to her, several staff members from the College of Arts at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), have proposed partnering the Dei Centre as resource persons for ArtReach.
The Dei Centre’s collection consists of over 300 contemporary paintings, photographs, sculptures and other works of art including a collection of over 70 rare Asafo flags, Akan gold weights and trade beads.