US brings smART to Nigeria

It is customary to mount works of art on walls during exhibitions, but the United States Department of State’s Smart Power Sharing Culture presentation organized by the Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate General held in collaboration with Women and Youth Art Foundation, Ibadan last week was devoid of any such thing.

The Smart Power initiative taking place in Lagos and Ibadan according to the US Consulate is a ‘programme that builds on US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power diplomacy” which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools to bringing people together and foster greater understanding.’ The week long Workshop which opened at the Omenka Gallery Ikoyi Lagos, had visiting American artist, Brett Cook from Berkerly, Calfornia who was chosen among 900 applicants, thrill the guests comprising artists, art teachers, stakeholders and students with his presentation titled, “Sharing Culture in Nigeria”.

- Vanguard

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