[artinfo] Call for Panel Proposals, Theory Papers / Presentations and Exhibitions / Workshops

Africoae Africoae africoae at gmail.com
Mon Sep 1 09:28:13 CEST 2008

Please post and/or distribute the to others you think might be
 interested in this opportunity. All nations are welcome. Thank you in
 anticipation of your attention to this matter.

 Barthosa Nkurumeh, AfriCOAE General Secretary

 Call for Panel Proposals, Theory Papers / Presentations and
 Exhibitions / Workshops

 THE KUMASI SYMPOSIUM: Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable
 Education Through Art
 Department of General Arts & Art Education, College of Arts and Social
 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana
 July 31-August 14, 2009

 A call is made for contributions addressing one or more of the
 symposium strands and topics: Art Education Practice, Studio Practice,
 Curatorial/Museum/Community Arts Practice, Art History/Criticism, Arts
 Administration/Management/Marketing Practice, and Open Session.  The
 symposium entails plenary sessions and support activities such as
 demonstrations/workshops, exhibitions, and site-specific tours of
 local national resources. Expression of interest and proposals for
 Plenary Sessions and Exhibitions/Practical Workshops will be reviewed
 until January 17, 2009. We expect about 200 participants from around
 the world. The working language of the conference will be English.
 Applications for individual paper presentation and participation will
 be reviewed until the space is filled. All abstracts, brief
 biographies, full papers and relevant others should be submitted
 electronically to africoae at gmail.com (and copy to:
 naopoku-asare.art at knust.edu.gh).

 The symposium is organized as collaboration between African Community
 of Arts Educators (AfriCOAE) and KNUST's Department of General Arts &
 Art Education. As a follow-up to AfriCOAE's 2008 "Project Earth to
 Art: Tapping Local Natural Resources for Sustainable Art Education
 Development" at Accra. The two-week symposium (July 31-August 14,
 2009) will deal with the issue of sustainability in the 21st century
 to enable visual arts education developments in Ghana and perhaps
 similar settings. Owing to the challenges of transition from the
 postcolonial stance and to many others, best practices and resourceful
 programs often fail to roll out nationwide and to be sustained.  The
 following questions will therefore guide the dialogues: Is
 sustainability of art teaching and learning developments in the
 postcolonial African environment possible? Can the postcolonial
 Ghanaian environment and non-Western others today provide adapt
 resources for sustainable artistic practice? If so, how can the
 resources best be tapped for education through art in Anglophone Ghana
 and other Modernist African settings?

 WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Open to all. The event is designed to bring
 together Scholars, Educators, Curators, Practicing Artists, and
 interested others in Africa and the rest of the world for ideation and
 interchange on the topic.

 VENUE: KNUST's Faculty of Fine Art and The University Museum for
 exhibitions, workshops and plenary sessions, and The GUSS
 (International) House for Boarding and Lodging.

 PROGRAMME: The focus is on tapping local resources for visual arts
 teaching and learning through cross-cultural collaborations and
 critical dialogues. Local resources include national human capital,
 natural resources, and man-made environment. Proceedings from the
 symposium will result to a publication.  Accordingly, the symposium
 will open with workshops, followed by site-specific tours of Ghana,
 and closes with Panel Presentations. The University Shuttle will
 provide transportation. The final Banquet will require your national
 attire. A limited amount of space exists for commercial vendors'
 displays/exhibits during the Conference; interested parties should
 contact the secretariat by e-mail: naopoku-asare.art at knust.edu.gh,
 bonoffeinyako at hotmail.com

 Registration: Conference registration fee is US Dollar 366 for
 international participants, and GH Cedi 90 for our colleagues in
 Africa and volunteer participants. The fee includes: Transfers from
 Kumasi Airport, or Kokota International Airport at Accra to Kwame
 Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-KNUST hostel/hotel at
 Kumasi on July 29 & 30, 2009; participation in all scheduled symposium
 activities; entertainment and meals only as indicated on the

 Boarding and Lodging: Each participant will pay $450 that covers
 15-day accommodation at Guess (International) House with two meals a
 day. Republic Hall will provide the menu. Guess House will serve as
 the primary accommodation; it is recommended for
 cost-cum-international appeal and greater group interaction. The above
 rate is for modest full board. Participants may make their
 reservations (room or full board) directly with other facilities, if
 interested in five-star accommodation. However, budget $300-600 for
 your out-of-pocket expenses depending on your lifestyle.

 Excursion: During the symposium participants will visit several places
 in Ghana to be exposed to the diversity of local resources. You may
 choose to join the Southern site-specific or Northern route-specific
 tour groups. The cost for the Land Tour arrangement will depend on how
 many people sign up for it; US$380-$650 per person is an estimate.
 Your participation in the three-day site-specific tours special tour
 is rather option.

 (The above estimate excludes international flights, visa,
 immunization/medical insurance, and other expenses according to your

 MORE INFORMATION: Detailed information on registration fees,
 accommodation and other expenses related to the symposium will be sent
 to all participants well in advance of the conference. Additional
 information will also be on the project web site:
 http://afropoets.tripod.com/eta, the university web site:
 www.knust.edu.gh and elsewhere on the WWW space.

 (1) Barthosa Nkurumeh, AfriCOAE General Secretary, Instructional
 Leadership & Academic Curriculum Dept, University of Oklahoma, P. O.
 Box 2742, Norman, OK 73070, USA. E-mail: nkurumeh at ou.edu
 (2) Nana Afia Opoku-Asare, Head of Department, Department of General
 Arts & Art Education, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Kwame
 Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana.
 E-mail: naopoku-asare.art at knust.edu.gh, afia_asare at yahoo.co.uk  Tel:
 233 (0)20 816-8598/233 (0)51 634 83.

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