Institut National des Arts de Bamako

The Institut National des Arts de Bamako (INA) is a national school for the arts in Bamako, Mali. It was the only school of its kind in Mali until 2004.[1] Originally set up to train Sudanese artisans, it now offers courses in jewellery making and design, illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, music, and theatre. It has produced many of Mali’s most well-known artists and has hosted numerous exhibitions, workshops, and performances.[2]

Institut National des Arts de Bamako
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Institut National des Arts, Bamako, 1972
Established1933
Focus
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Traditional crafts
Formerly called
  • Ecole Artisanale du Soudan
  • Maison des artisans du Soudan
  • Institut National des Arts (INA)
  • Maison des artisans du Mali
  • Maison des Artisans de Bamako
AddressBoulevard Du Peuple
Location
Bamako Bagadadji
,
Bamako
,
Mali
Coordinates12°38′44″N 7°59′38″W / 12.64556°N 7.99389°W / 12.64556; -7.99389Coordinates: 12°38′44″N 7°59′38″W / 12.64556°N 7.99389°W / 12.64556; -7.99389
Sculpture at the Institut National des Arts, Bamako, 2019.

NamingEdit

Over the history of its existence, many changes have affected the institute, including course offerings, faculty, and its name.[1] Since its inception it has been known by many previous names including:[3][4]

  • (1933) Ecole Artisanale du Soudan
  • (1948) Maison des artisans du Soudan
  • (1963) Institut National des Arts (Law No. 63-98 / ANRM)[4]
  • (1986) Maison des artisans du Mali (Law No. 86-93 / ANRM)[4]
  • (2006) Maison des Artisans de Bamako

Notably, any reference to Sudan was removed from its name, reflecting the changing politics and identity of the country, as the former Sudanese Republic became the Republic of Mali in 1960.

Modern timesEdit

In 2013, a large fire destroyed many of the craftsmen's shops and wares in the surrounding area.[5]

By 2015, it was run by a management committee, elected for three years and contained 89 souks and workshops for many crafts.[4]

Commonly tourist guides will recommend a visit to the area to view the craftsmen working and to buy crafts from the market. Accordingly, it receives more than sixty thousand (60,000) tourists annually.[4]

Notable alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Davisa, Paul R. (2014). "An Institution for Post-Independence Art: US-RDA Cultural Policy and Encadrement Malien at the Institut National des Arts". Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture. 8 (1): 96–118. doi:10.1080/19301944.2014.889952.
  2. ^ Keller, Candace M. (Ph.D.). "Threads of Change: the Transformation of West African Textiles - Contemporary Art in Mali". Michigan State University Museum. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  3. ^ "History" (in French). artisanat-bamako.com. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e Konaté, Mamadou. "Les musées, les galeries et le village artisanal de Bamako, une synergie pour l'epanouissement du tourisme malien" (in French). Memoire Online. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  5. ^ d'ALMEIDA, Célia (16 December 2013). "Incendie à l'Artisanat: des millions de pertes". journaldumali.com (in French). DANGASSA Media. Retrieved 24 April 2016.