The institute is part of the Academies of Arts initiative announced by the culture ministry in March 2019
Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts is intended to bring traditional Saudi art to the masses both locally and internationally through educational programs and talent development.
It will cover five different areas: The support of “living treasures” that preserve traditional arts and heritage, training and production, awareness, global communication, and research.
It will focus on “enriching traditional Saudi arts and promoting their exhibition locally and internationally,” and on providing artists and craftsmen with a platform to promote traditional Saudi arts.