[artinfo] Fw: Call for Submissions: BAMAKO SYMPOSIUM SUR LES ARTS (Mali) and THE ABETENIM PROJECT (Ghana)

Csóka Edina ecsoka at mucsarnok.hu
Mon Dec 21 12:18:48 CET 2009

Dear Colleague,

Greetings! Thank you for publishing the Call for our 2009 KUMASI
SYMPOSIUM. Here is Bamako’s (Mali) and THE ABETENIM PROJECT (Ghana).
We send them in the spirit of inviting cross-cultural collaborations
worldwide, as our projects welcome individuals, organizations or
brands that can provide ideas, resources or inputs. We ask that you
post/distribute to others in your circle of contacts who may be (or
know someone who may be) interested.

Images from the 2009 Kumasi Symposium are on
http://www.artinprocess.com/KUMASI, http://www.odcap.com,
http://www.openfilm.com/videos/curio_kiosks_project/, and
http://www.wandsbektransformance.de/news.html for the Artists'
Catalogue. The 2nd Kumasi Biennial Symposium will be in 2011.

Thank you in anticipation of your response,
Barthosa Nkurumeh, AfriCOAE General Secretary
(Artist and Educator, ILAC- College of Education, University of Oklahoma)
Project Web sites: http://afropoets.tripod.com/eta, www.nkafoundation.org


ARchiTecture (art+architecture) Residency: A DESIGN+BUILD-AND-LIVE-IN

Nka Foundation has an ongoing call for submissions from individuals or
teams interested in participating in a residency programme in form of
a Design+Build-and-Live-in Project. Project is a part of the
foundation’s arts village at Abetenim in the Ashanti Region of Ghana
(about 15 minutes from Kumasi). Artistic persons in the fields of
architecture, engineering and the arts that 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 are all welcome to apply for
residency. The task of the ARchiTecture residency is to design, build
and test-live in low budget, quality structures with earth and other
materials from the environment. In the construction, participant will
be assisted by a local master builder and local laborers. Length of
residencies is usually from 1 month to 12 months. There is no
participation fee. The application should include your work plan,
CV/resume, and a sample of completed works or web site to:
nkaprojects at gmail.com. For additional information go to
www.nkafoundation.org and http://afropoets.tripod.com/eta

(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
africoae at gmail.com. 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: balanise at yahoo.fr. 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.

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