The Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) has conferred an Honorary Curator status on the founder of Maxwell Arts and Tourism Hub (MATH) and renowned Investment Strategist, Dr Maxwell Ampong, to direct value to the Ghana Museum National Gallery, the country, the continent, and the global world of Arts and Culture.
In a letter sighted from the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board by the Acting Executive Director, Mr. Kingsley Ofosu Ntiamoah, it was indicated that based on submissions made by Dr Maxwell Ampong in the world of business and art over the past years, the Board sees reason to grant him an Honorary Curator status. Through this conferment, Dr Maxwell is to leverage on his Maxwell Arts & Tourism Hub to generate sustainable, innovative models through marketing and promotion strategies, like art exhibition and auctioning.
The Letter of Conferment reads, “The Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) has evaluated your submissions. GMMB recognises your beneficence to society through your work as CEO of Maxwell Investments Group with your distinguished services in many African countries and beyond and through the launch of the Maxwell Arts & Tourism Hub to promote local artworks and domestic tourism through healthy partnerships.”
“GMMB is very optimistic that the value of our cultural heritage resources is a shared responsibility among all stakeholders, including Maxwell Arts and Tourism Hub, Maxwell Investments Group and its partners. Accordingly, the GMMB henceforth grants you an Honorary Curator status, subject to a written notice from GMMB stating otherwise,” it read further.
Dr Maxwell Ampong is the Chief Executive Officer of Maxwell Investments Group, and trade and investments firm. He is also the Executive Ambassador of the Zongo and Inner-Cities Development Secretariat under the Office of the President of Ghana. He has commenced several projects that is impacting the agricultural sector in Africa, the push for entrepreneurship and the media space. Over the years he has built a strong presence in many African countries, and USA & UK. He is the first-ever Business Advisor to Ghana’s General Agricultural Workers’ Union (GAWU) under the nation’s Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Having being recognized by several entities both government and private, he still deems it a great honour to be appointed as the Honorary Curator with the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board. He finds his interest and value for the beautiful Ghanaian culture and art which defines his pursuit for it, as a necessary constituent needed to direct value to the Ghana Museums National Gallery.
In response to the conferment, he posted to his over 15,000 followers on LinkedIn account, “I am extremely humbled to be conferred an Honorary Curator status with the Ghana National Museum. The value of art is drastically increased with the simple change of medium through which we experience it. We pay more for the singer at the Black Star Line Festival even if he/she performs the same set outside the taxi station.”
“I come across artists every day in my work as an agro-commodities trader where ~80% of my job happens in rural Ghana; the woodworker; the beads maker; artsy handicraft creators; we come across lots of them across Africa.”
“Africa: we have the product, and can fetch twice, thrice the price IF it were to be in New York, Milan, Paris. What’s $20 compared to GHS 20. As at today, that’s more than TEN TIMES of value that remains TRAPPED and must be relinquished to the ultimate benefit of the local artist. The value of our cultural heritage resources is a shared responsibility among all stakeholders, including you, and me, and everybody we know,” he added.
He concluded that he is extremely humbled to be an Honorary Curator with the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB). This manoeuvre into the Arts and Tourism industry is calculated but will only reach its full potential through successful and ongoing strategic collaborations”.