The Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA) Trust has laid out its development plans and programmes for Benin City.
The goal of EMOWAA is to empower modern creatives while preserving West African history and culture. It plans to accomplish this through offering facilities, opportunities for research and education, and opportunities to create capacity for academics and creative professionals throughout West Africa.
Executive Chairman of The EMOWAA Trust Phillip Ihenacho revealed recently at an interactive media discussion in Lagos, that; “EMOWAA’s initial focus will be on creating an ecosystem for research education and career opportunities for young creatives and professionals in cultural heritage management.
The Pavilion is planned as an archive and research centre, providing space for learning and exchange, and archival space for works of art from West Africa and the Diaspora both contemporary and heritage. It will also be a space that will help catalyse the art and culture ecosystem by providing infrastructure for training, residencies, digital production, and growing a pipeline of future artists and researchers. In short, it is about building platforms for the study, creation and display of art.”