2ND KUMASI BIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM: COMMUNITY ARTS IN FOCUS

2ND KUMASI BIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM: COMMUNITY ARTS IN FOCUS

Date: July 16 – August 6, 2011

Venue: Kumasi and the Nearby Village of Abetenim in Ashanti Region of Ghana

The 3-week event will focus on community arts practice, as a response to the growing problem of widening gap between contemporary African artist and the rural community. We will use Kumasi City-Abetenim rural sites such as market places, local schools, village centers, and others as laboratories for workshops, artistic interventions, site-specific installations, lectures and other community-based approaches from around the world. Thus, we invite individual or group submissions for community theatre, media arts, readings, film screening, slide shows, open studios, visual activism, musical performances, community design, social architecture and others to allow the rural community to become acquainted with international contemporary artistic practice. Project is open to only serious applicants. For additional information or registration e-mail to info@nkafoundation.org and/or nkaprojects@gmx.com. Project web site is www.nkafoundation.org




Community Arts in Focus – Ghana‏

2ND KUMASI BIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM: COMMUNITY ARTS IN FOCUS
Date: July 16 – August 6, 2011
Venue: Kumasi and the Nearby Village of Abetenim in Ashanti Region of Ghana

The 3-week event will focus on community arts practice, as a response to the growing problem of widening gap between contemporary African artist and the rural community. We will use Kumasi City-Abetenim rural sites such as market places, local schools, village centers, and others as laboratories for workshops, artistic interventions, site-specific installations, lectures and other community-based approaches from around the world.  Thus, we invite individual or group submissions for community theatre, media arts, readings, film screening, slide shows, open studios, visual activism, musical performances, community design, social architecture and others to allow the rural community to become acquainted with international contemporary artistic practice. 

Project is open to only serious applicants.  For additional information or registration e-mail to info@nkafoundation.org and/or nkaprojects@gmx.com. Project web site is www.nkafoundtion.org

(Short Version)
OKLAHOMA SYMPOSIUM: FOREIGN MISSION METHODS TODAY
Date: March 21 – 25, 2011
Registration: $499 and $690 after March 15th (registration fee includes conference publication, lunch, and admission to all programme activities)
Hotel Group Rate: $40 single or double occupancy in Character Inn
Venue: Character Inn Conference Center (Institute in Basic Life Principles Oklahoma Training Center), 520 West Main Street, Oklahoma City, OK73102, USA.
PH: +1 (405) 526-0001.  FX: +1 (405) 526-0002
The challenges of foreign missions are diverse. They range from cultural, linguistic, economics, administrative to interpersonal contact, conflict and resolution.  What are the viewpoints of those in the academy on how to deal with these challenges?  What do those in the field say are the real challenges and repeatable outcomes?  Interdisciplinary understanding of this polarity represents a problem of great importance for both academics and practitioners in missions flow.  Through Workshops and theoretical presentations, the symposium will explore what works today in the mission field- from the academy to the rural spaces- and what does not work in age-specific, ethnic-specific, or the global market place of ideas.  We plan to divide the symposium sessions into Asia, Africa, Europe, South and North America missions.  We are accepting proposals from missionaries, scholars, psychologists, arts and cultural practitioners, oral historians, and interested others from around the world.
Proceedings from the symposium will be published in DVD/e-format.  We seek to commission an expert in filmmaking or the media arts to do the DVD documentation and create the e-publication of the conference proceedings; the commissioned participant’s registration fee will be waved.  Submit the abstract of your paper (200 words maximum) or workshop proposal in English with a brief biography of the presenter (200 words maximum) toinfo@nkafoundation.org.  The submitter should include title of the contribution and author(s) information – name, affiliation, address, phone contact, and e-mail.  Upon acceptance, author(s) can decide to publish the whole paper or only the abstract in conference proceedings.  The full paper (6,000 words maximum in APA format) should also be submitted electronically to info@nkafoundation.org and/or nkaprojects@gmx.com
More Information: For details on the symposium venue and to book accommodation go to www.conferenceokc.com.  The project organizer’s web site iswww.nkafoundation.org.


On The Move – Newsflash 10/2010‏

October 25, 2010

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EU News

Call for proposals and info sessions: "Strengthening capacities in the cultural sector" – People and Eastern Partnership Culture programme, 21 Oct/Brussels and 25 Oct/Kiev (deadline: 19 November)The objective of this call for proposals is to contribute to the creation of a political, regulatory, institutional and economic environment conducive to the strengthening of the cultural sectors and their actors as a vector for sustainable economic, social and human development.Call for proposals for flagship projects – European Year of Volunteering 2011 (deadline: 12 November)The purpose of this call is to support one or two flagship projects per Member State, which will receive a grant from the European Commission, in order to test and develop new and innovative schemes and approaches with a view to build long-term partnerships between civil society organisations operating in the area of volunteering. 

Grants for Mobility

danceWEB scholarship programme 2011, 13 July to 17 August 2011, Vienna, Austria (deadline: 15 December)The Scholarship Programme is a 5 week residency taking place every year in July – August in Vienna within the frame of ImPulsTanz festival. It offers around 65 young professional dancers and choreographers from mainly European but also from non European countries the possibility to take part in an intense multinational further training programme. 

Calls for participation

Studio 303 performances opportunities "In the Round" and "Mobilise", Montreal, Canada (deadlines: 15 November)Studio 303, a network of intersecting support and resource activities, providing a nurturing home base for independent artists proposes two calls for submissions for short works for shared programmes to take place in 2011.Salzburger Performance Tage 2011, 16 April, Austria (deadline: 15 December)Lange Nacht des Tanzes, a cooperation of ARGEkultur and Tanzimpulse Salzburg calls for productions for this event to take place on the 16th April 2011 in Salzburg, Austria.Open call for INVISIBLE CITY, May 2011, Schiedam, Netherlands (deadline: 8 November)Invisible City will take place in the beginning of May 2011. Artists and non-artists from all disciplines can apply with plans for new work or existing work. Working period: 10 days maximum on location.Call for entries danubeVIDEOARTfestival, March 2011, Grein, Austria (deadline: 1 December)Media and video artists from all over the world are invited to submit their works for the danubeVIDEOARTfestival #1 that will be held in March 2011 in Stadtkino Grein (Upper Austria). 

Training

Social protection of performing artists, 26 November, Brussel, BelgiumTraining session addressing the social protection of performing artists in Belgium from both an academic as well as a more practical perspective organised by the Faculty of Law – Clinics on EU Law 2010-2011, Leuven. Open Calls – Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, 16-26 June 2011, Czech Republic (deadlines: 30 October, 30 November, 15 January)The next Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, taking place in June 2011, 16-26, proposes several labs and workshops in a variety of performance design disciplines and genres – costume, stage, light, sound design, and theatre architecture for dance, opera, drama, site specific, multi-media performances, and performance art. 

Residencies

Community Arts Project Residency, Nka Foundation, Ashanti, Ghana (deadline: ongoing)Foundation Nka seeks submissions of creative projects designed to accomplish community ends. The Community Arts Residency project is a part of Nka Foundation’s Arts Village at Abetenim in the Ashanti Region (about 20 km from Kumasi), Ghana. 

Meetings

How to promote the mobility and internationalisation of cultural operators?, 23 November, Lisboa, PortugalThe International office of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture (GPEARI/MC) is organizing a seminar on the 23 of November in Lisbon to promote reflection on the main issues involving the mobility of artists and cultural operators as well as to disseminate among the Portuguese culture sector some of the networks, organisations and tools available to support internationalisation.Re:Imagining Cultural Space 17-19 November, Stockholm, Sweden (deadline for registration: 29 October)International conference and lab on the policy and practice of flexible art spaces and cultural organisations in Europe, organised by Intercult and Black/North Seas in collaboration with Culture Action Europe and Orionteatern (SE).Dance and Theatre from Europe. New impetus from the East, 5-6 November, Leipzig, GermanyIn the course of the 20th edition of the festival euro-scene Leipzig, this symposium plans to enrich the Europe-wide debate about artistic mobility and its disbalances stimuli and questions.International Conference on Creative Tourism, 9-10 December, Barcelona, SpainThe aim of this conference is to bring together researchers, urban planners, policy designers, artists, cultural activists and tourist professionals to assess the benefits of international collaboration in the rapidly developing field of creative tourism.Arts Funding – Artistic Freedom, European Council of Artists (ECA), 5-7 November, Zagreb, Croatia (deadline for registration: 14 October)ECA's annual conference 2010 to take place in Zagreb 5-7 November proposes to address fundamental questions such as: Is public funding a guarantee for a free and diverse arts scene? Is the market a possible way towards independent arts and artists? 

Competitions

5th International Art Prize Arte Laguna, March 2011, Venice, Italy (deadline: 16 November by mail or 10 December online)The International Prize Arte Laguna continues its course as "incubator of Italian and international young art", with the will to discover new talent, to support emerging artists in promoting their creativity and to develop their careers.18th Jeunesses International FLUTE Competition, 7-13 May 2011, Bucharest, Romania (deadline: 1 March 2011)The 18th Jeunesses International Flute Competition, 7 – 13 May 2011 is targeted at two age categories: up to 18 and 30 years old.The FutureEverything Award (deadline: 31 October)The FutureEverything Award recognises outstanding achievement for innovation in art, society & technology. It celebrates creative projects in any medium that offer a new and unique way to experience or see the world and help to bring the future into the present. 

Regional focus: Asia

Japan Foundation arts and cultural exchange programme 2011-2012 guidelines announced (various deadlines)The Japan Foundation supports exchange projects between Japan and other nations in three art genres: visual arts, performing arts and audio-visual arts as well as in publications and, in segments that enhance understanding of Japan through culture, cultural cooperation and civic/youth exchange. 

Mobility project space

Writers on the move, mobile traning programme (deadline: 7 November)The SPACE mobility project is providing a mobile European training programme for critics, journalists, theoreticians, who are writing about performing arts and who want to deepen their knowledge base and analyse and improve their work within an international context.Mobility Infopoint Mapping in ItalyThe study was carried out by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, the Italian partner of PRACTICS, between 2009 and 2010.House for Open Mobility Exchange (H.O.M.E.)H.O.M.E. is a platform for self-organised non-formal exchange of artists working in public spaces.MusXchangeMusXchange aims at reducing a deficit in the training of young musicians resulting from a lack of support to short-term mobility programmes in professional orchestra and ensemble training.Artistic companionship throughout EuropeCompagnonnage artistique á travers l'Europe main goal is to create a network to provide structures for the spontaneous movement of artists and cultural workers and to improving their practices by encouraging them to acquire new skills through exchange. 

Resources

Artist Visa Applications: Arguments for SuccessHow do you argue when visa issuing offices and embassies continue to violate international recommendations and conventions? This Freemuse Quick Guide tackles various points set out in international conventions and recommendations to help you argue for smooth visa handling.Encouraging Collections Mobility – A Way Forward for Museums in EuropeEncouraging Collections Mobility is the ideal text for museum professionals, researchers and students who are determined to explore and research collections in order to open collection resources and learn more about European heritage.  

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WE ARE MORE! Act for Culture in Europewe are more, a Europe-wide arts advocacy campaign (2010-2013) has been launched by Culture Action Europe this October.Crossing Borders: The state of artists mobilityA compilation of cases on the hurdles of artists mobility put together by three intersecting networks: Res Artis, freeDimensional and The Upgrade.

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Theatre for the Free People’s International Arts Exchange Program Ghana

Teaching Artists! Photographers! Filmmakers!

Theatre for the Free People’s International Arts Exchange Program provides an environment for artists/activists to engage in a global perspective.  It is geared towards fostering creative and collaborative relationships abroad.  In partnership with the Ghana Health and Education Initiative, Theatre for the Free People will offer two weeks of free community-based arts education and programming to the Bibiani-Ankwaso-Bekwai district of Ghana in Jan./Feb. of 2011.

Objectives:

To facilitate Theatre of the Oppressed workshops and Forum Theatre presentations to students in secondary schools throughout the district.
To facilitate creative writing workshops which focus on playwriting and poetry for students in Youth Education Program.
To conduct an “Artist as Activist” training program for members in the Adult Peer Education group.
To devise a series of performance pieces for presentation to the community of Humjibre, Ghana.
To conduct a series of open yoga/movement workshops.
To engage in a series of cultural exchange opportunities with the citizens of Humjibre including cooking, farming, drumming and dancing.
To create a documentary film which follows the preparation and implementation of the International Arts Exchange Program in Ghana.

Program Description:

Adult Peer Education Program

Ghana Health and Education Initiative’s Adult Peer Education program was developed with the aim of targeting community health issues through education.  Peer Educators who are dedicated to advancing the health of their community, write and stage dramas, design and carry out public health outreach sessions with a variety of target groups, and disseminate advice through their engagement with local groups and clubs.  In addition to ongoing training provided by the Health Program Coordinator, Peer Educators are trained by the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) and carry out a variety of HIV/AIDS interventions, focusing on prevention, stigma and discrimination.

Theatre for the Free People’s “Artist as Activist” program examines the artist as environmental, ethical, humanistic and social activist.  By using the concept of artists as transformative agents from social, cultural and political perspectives, this project provides venues for literary, visual and performance artists to create art, to engage in conversations about the impact of their art on society, and to raise societal awareness of the use of art as a tool for liberation.  Peer Educators will serve as apprentices to the Theatre for the Free People Teaching Artists by shadowing them to work in secondary schools, in exchange, they will educate Teaching Artists about pertinent health issues that affect their community.  Theatre for the Free People will offer workshops to Peer Educators on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and video/media production.  Peer Educators will also serve as translators for Teaching Artists throughout the program.

Youth Education Program

Ghana Health and Education Initiative’s Youth Education Program responds to the needs and desires of the local community by offering supplementary courses for motivated and gifted students from local junior high schools.  Classes focus on critical thinking skills, interactivity, group learning and expression.  Theatre for the Free People is dedicated to exploring and inspiring work which amplifies marginalized voices.  To the students in this program we will offer a series of creative writing workshops which focus on the idea of storytelling.  Through narrative, poetry and playwriting these workshops will explore the myriad of ways in which an individual can tell a story through ethnographic theatre techniques.  Students will be asked to consider universal ideas of oppression, emancipation, freedom, justice and humanity, how they engage in the community around them and what opportunities there may be for change.  Participants will be invited to present their work to the comm
unity.

Theatre of the Oppressed Workshops

Theatre of the Oppressed is a participatory theatrical technique which was developed by theatre director/activist Augusto Boal in the 1970s and turned into a worldwide movement for change.  In an effort to “humanize humanity”, this technique transforms the monologue of traditional performance into a dialogue between the audience and the actors on stage.  It transforms the spectator into actor, to explore, show, analyze and transform the reality in which they are living.  Theatre for the Free People will facilitate a series of Theatre of the Oppressed workshops and Forum Theatre presentations to students in secondary schools throughout the district.  The workshops will consist of a series of games and exercises in which participants are asked to reflect on how they perform and participate in their own oppressions and how they might perform as “Free People”.  Teaching Artists will also devise a series of short performance pieces which are geared towards addressing critical hea
lth issues through the problem-solving methodology of Forum Theatre.

Harlem to Humjibre:

“Harlem to Humjibre” is a documentary film project which follows the preparation and implementation of Theatre for the Free People’s International Arts Exchange Program in Ghana.  Do these New Yorkers have what it takes to survive in a village where running water and electricity are luxuries?  What lessons will they learn from the Ghanaian community on happiness despite circumstances?  How will they forge a connection with a people from which they have been displaced?

This film highlights the importance of placing culture at the center of an organizing strategy.  Cultural Organizing unites people through the humanity of culture and the democracy of participation.  It questions the ways in which the oppressed find the enduring strength to raise themselves to a level of creative consciousness and the ways in which we can reclaim education as a community project.

“Harlem to Humjibre” addresses the most critical human rights issues of our time through the implementation of a community-based arts program. What is necessary to bring this program into fruition?  What is required to create a sense of solidarity with communities when working internationally? How does an individual maintain a sense of self and a healthy mind, body and spirit when immersed in a different culture?

Location:

Humjibre serves as the headquarters for the Ghana Health and Education’s work in Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai District. Humjibre is a medium-sized village with a population around 4,500. It is located in the humid, sub-tropical Western Region of Ghana. It is the fourth largest village in the district, and is located approximately 3 hours by local transport from the nearest city, Kumasi.

Expenses:

Each volunteer is required to raise a minimum of $1500 towards this program as a requirement of the Ghana Health and Education Initiative.  This program fee covers accommodations in Humjibre including housing, meals and transportation to/from Accra while supporting their ongoing programming.  It does not include airfare which averages $1,100 to $2,000 from the USA and $700 to $1200 from Europe which the volunteer would be responsible for as well.  GHEI is committed to using donations ethically and to their greatest benefit including (but not limited to) providing scholarships for students to continue their educations, and maintaining local health clinic.  A $500 deposit is required within two weeks of acceptance as a non-refundable deposit to secure the position.  The remaining funds are due in two installments of $500 due on November 26th and January 7th.  All donations are tax-deductible.  Volunteers are al
so responsible for obtaining vaccinations, malaria prophylaxis, eva
cuation insurance and a visa.

Ghana Health and Education Initiative:

The mission of the Ghana Health and Education Initiative is to promote the advancement of health and education in the Bibiani-Ankwaso-Bekwai District of Ghana by providing resources and the necessary support to effect change.  For more information please visit:  www.ghei.org

About Us:

Theatre for the Free People is an organization which is dedicated to using the arts as a vehicle for social change by providing an environment for a new generation of artists/activists to collectively explore how the arts can be emancipating. Transformational Activism is the idea that we can tap into the power of mass-collaboration and collective creativity to transform people into more loving, peaceful, and compassionate human beings. It is based on the idea that people need to transform on the inside as well as on the outside in order to create any meaningful change in the world. By galvanizing our creative energy towards production, education, inspiration, and theory we hope to find truth in the innate ability of the arts to transform lives and mobilize communities.

www.theatreforthefreepeople.com

How to Apply:

Applications Available on website:
www.theatreforthefreepeople.com

(or by e-mail request)

Applications Due:
August 19th, 2010

For more information please contact:

Joi M. Sears
Executive Director
Theatre for the Free People
theatreforthefreepeople@gmail.com