Art the Artist and Nation Building
The artist and his art are constantly battered. His luminous relevance to the society is beleaguered by the lopsidedness of the public mentality-a mentality, which denies an active involvement of art in technological or economic advancement. Art is however a vital force, a living magical force available as an instrument of tool for the development of man. The extent to which it goes in fulfilling this vital function depends largely on its application and on the motive for which it is applied. It is therefore the intention of this paper to examine, with some reference to its financial input, the role of art in economic development. The paper will also x-ray some biting problems inimical to meaningful and sustainable art professionalism.