By Bryn Miller
Rabat – The city council of Fez recently decided to allocate 60 million dirhams to create an Institute of Fine Arts in Fez.
The project will be funded by the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of the Interior, Department of Housing and Urban Policy, the Council of the Fez-Meknes region, and local sources within Fez.
Construction will occur from 2016 to 2019. The Institute seeks to “train young artists to foster professional talent” as well as provide the city with a new cultural site representing Morocco’s rich and diverse identity.
Currently, according to the Fez Head of Cultural Management Lahcen Acherfi, Fez lacks the cultural infrastructure appropriate for the spiritual capital of Morocco. The creation of an Institute of Fine Arts is a part of the city’s 365 million dirham initiative to enrich the cultural landscape.
In addition to the Institute of Fine Arts, Fez plans to build a Grand Theater, Congressional Palace, and another museum that will benefit artists, academics, tourists, and the citizens of Fez.