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.