Call for Nominations of Performing Arts Ensembles From Haiti, Indonesia, Mali, Pakistan, Senegal, Syria, and Turkey for U.S. Touring Program
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the New England Foundation for the Arts, has announced Center Stage, a pilot program involving U.S. tours by international performing arts ensembles with the aim of fostering cross-cultural understanding between citizens of the United States and other countries. The program is designed to build cultural awareness, develop long-lasting relationships between people of different countries, and enhance mutual understanding.
Performing arts ensembles of three to nine members each from Haiti, Indonesia, Mali, Pakistan, Senegal, Syria, and Turkey working in the disciplines of music, dance, and theater are eligible to apply; final selection will represent a total of ten ensembles from three to four of these countries. Throughout the 2012 calendar year, month-long tours of the U.S. will connect international artists with diverse communities in primarily small- and mid-sized American cities and towns, with a focus on youth engagement. The program will offer a range of exchange activities, including performances, school workshops, artist-to-artist exchanges, classes, and community gatherings.
Center Stage will provide each ensemble with an honorarium and will arrange and pay for travel and direct on-tour expenses.
Arts ensembles should demonstrate high artistic quality and accomplishment, have an interest in engaging with U.S. communities, and have previous touring experience but not have traveled to the U.S. or have rarely been seen in the U.S. Nominations of ensembles working in contemporary forms are strongly encouraged.
Nominations are welcome from presenters, artists, and their representatives; state and regional arts agencies; country and U.S. embassy personnel; and other knowledgeable individuals in the U.S and abroad. Artists interested in participating may submit a nomination on behalf of their own ensemble.
Visit the NEFA Web site for complete program details and the online nomination form.
Primary Subject: Arts and Culture
Geographic Funding Area: National
BAMAKO SYMPOSIUM ON THE ARTS:
TAPPING LOCAL RESOURCES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY
(2ND Bamako Summer School)
Venue: L'Université de Bamako/ University of Mali, Bamako, Mali
Date: 22 -30 July, 2010
A call is made to arts professionals, researchers and interested
others for contributions addressing one or more of the symposium
strands: Arts Education Practice, Studio Practice,
Curatorial/Museum/Community Arts Practice, Arts History/Criticism,
Arts Administration/Management/Marketing Practice, and Open Session.
The symposium entails paper presentations and practical activities
such as workshops sessions, mini-projects, and artistic interventions
that would result to an exhibition or public performance. With the
practical acts and theoretical presentations we aim to promote
critical dialogues on the best practices around the world on how the
arts as resource feed civilizations in hope that we will generate new
initiatives to boost human capital development in Mali in the 21st
century. Thus, the symposium asks: How are the arts worldwide feeding
civilizations? What are the implications for tapping the abundant
local resources in Mali in the 21st century? The symposium reckons a
major issue is sustainability. Through the years, many developmental
initiatives have continued to emerged, but failed to roll out and be
sustained. Interestingly, the symposium coincides with the celebration
of the fifty year of independence of Mali.
We define the arts broadly to include visual arts, literary arts,
performing arts, design, new media/film production, arts history, arts
criticism, arts education, arts administration and curatorship, and
emerging others. We expect about 200 participants from around the
world. The working language of the conference will be French and
English. For paper presentation, all abstracts and short biographies
(ca 100-150 words) should be submitted electronically to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstract deadline for theoretical session/panel
proposals is 31 March 2010, and 30 April 2010 is deadline for
individual paper abstracts. Late submission will be considered if
space is available; deadline for full paper (c. 3000 words)
submission: 30th June 2010. For workshops and artistic interventions
(visual arts, music and theatre) the proposals should be submitted to
the Balani's Association at Bamako: email@example.com. Applications
for individual and team practical acts will be reviewed until space is
The symposium is organized as collaboration between African Community
of Arts Educators (AfriCOAE) and Balani's Association in conjunction
with L'Université de Bamako, National Museum, and Ministry of Culture
Mali, and the Conservatory of Arts and Craft. Additional information
such as the symposium programme, Bamako hotels and others related to
the symposium will be sent to all registered participants well in
advance of the conference. Information on the symposium is on the
project web site: http://afropoets.tripod.com/eta, and elsewhere on
the WWW space.