Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
I gradually step into the realm of protecting endangered arts since the first time I saw a dizzying set of fabrics made by one of the mainland minorities in my childhood. They are novelty, artistic, but withering away from the mass-produced modern society. In light of the “invisible hand” in marketplace and it is difficult especially in developing countries which are focusing more on struggling against poor economic terms to keep an eye on art and culture, artists have a hard time making both ends meet and some precious and ancient art forms are neglected and jeopardized.
Therefore it seems to be vital for governments and not-for-profits to be the mainstay of protecting endangered arts including artists, crafts and their culture context. It is delightful that the UNESCO and the World Bank have set up some assistant programs for arts in developing countries. The two programs aimed on different part of producing chain of art works: the UNESCO technical assistance mission started at an upstream position providing high-level expertise to assist beneficiary countries in developing policies that support the emergence of cultural and creative industries; the World Bank Art program, as a platform, intended a showcase opportunity for artists in developing member countries to express themselves. I strongly suggest the governments and authorities in developing countries to imitate the UNESCO’s method to assign more technical assistance and maybe funds to arts and culture area because the power of the United Nations is somewhat limited and only the domestic authorities care most of their own arts, culture and national entity.