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BTC Phonebook Cover winner scoops P40K

Publishing Date : 27 November, 2018

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The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, Thapelo Olopeng graced the BTC Phonebook cover reveal & Thapong Artist of the Year Awards (TAYA) ceremony which was held at Thapong Visual Arts Center in Village, Gaborone recently.

Ten (10) Junior school students walked away with prices of up to P40 000.00.

Speaking at the event, the BTC Foundation Chairman Michael Letsogile Mothobi said “the 2017-2020 strategy for the BTC foundation’s Corporate Social Investment’s (CSI) focus is on four (4) elements mainly entrepreneurship and innovation, wellness and sports, environment and lastly arts and culture. Thus, we are here today to celebrate and support the arts.” 

“As a statement of our commitment to the visual arts, we recently signed a three-year partnership with the Thapong Visual Arts Centre valued at P1.7 million. Previously, the agreement between us was negotiated on an annual basis, now we deem it prudent to put in place a formal relationship to help the arts at grassroots level. This partnership/sponsorship will cover the BTC Phonebook Cover competition, Thapong Artist Year awards, training and development of arts teachers and administration amongst other expenses. “said Mothobi

Mr. Ted Makwatse from St Joseph College was the man of the event with a unique design inspired by BTC’s national geographic spread. “The butterfly is free, its curtailed for a season as a caterpillar but when the time comes it spreads its wings and flies.   BTC is like that. This is what inspired my craft,” says Makwatse

The second and the runner ups walked away with P20 000.00 and P10 000.00 respectively. “There was quality work all round, we hope to continuously nurture such talents” note the chief adjudicator of the artwork. Mothobi also urged the Honorable Minister Olopeng for a robust policy for both new age and old age art, that will make it flexible for artists to adorn the cities and town with paintings, sculptures and monuments.

“I have come to the realization that what our artists, young and old alike, need is not so much high imaginative art, but that which hallows the vessels of everyday use, as the Irish writer and wit Oscar Wilde once expressed.” “I don’t apologize for suggesting that in our midst, we may possibly have the likes of famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo or Da Vinci, we may even have the Italian Renaissance painter Antonio Allegrida Coregio. Our goal at the BTC foundation is to partner with organization that harness such talents in the arts and share our vision. We are here to celebrate such talent,” said Mothobi

“On behalf of the BTC foundation, I would like to congratulate our winner Mr. Ted Makwatse and commend him for a job well done. We encourage the finalist to continue using your talents for the betterment of the visual arts, for those who didn’t get the prize tomorrow is a better day,” he concluded.



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