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National Arts Council

The National Arts Council of Zambia is a statutory body established under Act No. 31 of 1994 of the Laws of Zambia. It is the coordinating body of all artistic activities in the country

Mission:

To facilitate the development, promotion and nurturing of all art forms country wide

Vision:

 To be a strong, effective, transparent and dynamic institution for the development and promotion of all art forms countrywide.

Mandate:

To regulate, co-ordinate, supervise and monitor all arts activities Countrywide.

The National Arts Council operates under Chapter 170,Act No. 31 of 1994 of the Laws of Zambia and statutory instruments 128 & 129 of 1995.The Council mandate in terms of Part II, section Five of Chapter 170, Act No. 31 of 1994 is as follows:

  • Keeps itself fully appraised of the policy of the Government in matters concerning arts.
  • Disseminates Government policies concerning the arts.
  • Serves as the supreme advisory body at national level on policy and decisions on all forms of the arts in the country.
  • Provides quality artistic leadership in performing, visual, media and literary arts.
  • Develops, promotes, regulates and encourages all forms of amateur and professional arts on a national level, in conjunction with the associations and the Government.
  • Assists in the formation of associations or organizations and to encourage them to register as national arts associations, to provide representation to different groups within the associations.
  • Encourages the associations to be affiliated to appropriate international organizations.
  • Assists financially or otherwise, any group or individual in representing Zambia in any artistic activity within or outside Zambia.
  • Assists, financially or otherwise, together with the Government, any citizen of Zambia in obtaining relevant training within or outside Zambia.
  • Ensures that art groups at all levels maintain proper accounts and, where considered necessary, supervise and direct the maintenance of these accounts.
  • Regulates and provides modalities for the awarding of national honours for artistic merit.
  • Regulates and monitors all National arts programmes presented in Zambia.
  • Promotes the development and organization of the arts.

The National Arts Council is governed by a board that is constituted by heads of arts association and a Chair-man. The operations of the Council are managed by a Secretariat