The cultural and artistic productions of Africa have different dimensions that highlight the critical role art plays in the evolution of societies. This justifies why art and social living and development are intertwined. This report clarifies the effect of art in the social, political, and economic growth in African societies.
African art is connected to the maturation of the complete life of Africans. Including the grooming styles, eating customs, values and the standards in the African society. In addition, it adopts the use of art and our cultural heritage in addressing the social issues faced by the cultural societies from the African continent. Many contemporary societies in Africa are faced with the challenge of adolescent pregnancy, environmental pollution and other kinds of social vices. Strategies and solutions to those staggering issues are seen in the audio values, norms, belief systems and practices in Africa. As an example, many scholars in African cultures and studies are calling for a re-visitation and revival of the indigenous practices of initiation rites for the childhood that assured that moral chasteness was preserved by the youth, for example, abstinence from pre-marital gender and the other kinds of social vices connected to the youth today. It was the measure set up by the older members of those societies in introducing the mantle of leadership to the youth. The initiation rites were platforms for maintaining the childhood abreast with their social responsibilities as responsible adults.
Finding ways of implementing such precepts in contemporary African societies could bolster their social growth. Moreover, African culture and art unearth the language diversities of Africa. The study of the many types of art, for example, attire, color selection, design elements, shapes and so on, aids in understanding the social classes and styles in the African society.
Politically, African art and culture play fantastical characters in the political lives of the African American individuals. The political artefacts function as a way of identifying and defining the political purposes of rulers like traditional chiefs, spokespersons, traditional priests etc. The political arts enable the ruling class in Africa in executing their priestly duties; exercise their administrative, executive, judicial and military responsibilities.
Economically, the many forms of African art enhance the standard of living of the African American individuals. The production and application of the arts meet the requirements of the people in the society either directly or indirectly. The direct way of producing the artworks in addressing the demands of these people are through the selling of their art pieces and the usage of them in carrying out their everyday activities. Additionally, it requires the use of art forms as incentives for increasing the production of different products and services in the area to enhance the overall wellbeing of the people. The study of African American art and culture highlights the role of art in supplying vocations and job paths for the members of their society. In times of financial strains, the artworks can be offered to improve the conditions of living of the people. Court artists that produce the overall regalia of the nation such as stools, palanquins, spokesmen staff, textiles and others create economic earnings from them. During festivals and other cultural events in Africa, these regalia souvenir items are offered to the general public, particularly tourists, creating fiscal earnings. This greatly enhances the tourism sector of countries in Africa.
The report highlights the terrific advantages that African societies can benefit in the arts and culture practised by the people. Funding in the form of scholarships, study grants and awards have to be provided to young scholars, musicians and researchers to enhance the study of African art and culture as it is a pinnacle of the social, economic and political development of Africa.