CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
OUR WORKING DEFINITION OF COMMUNITY ARTS
Community Arts, also known as "participatory arts" or "community-based arts," refers to a world of artistic processes and forms made by, with, and for a community setting that may emphasize community involvement and collaboration. Most often it involves engagement with the issues and practices for communal bonds and empowerment for grassroots social change.
Our Arts Village at Abetenim (near Kumasi) in Ejisu-Juaben District of the Ashanti Region
Nka Foundation invites submissions of creative projects throughout the year that in some way involve the communities we are a part of. Our Community Arts Residency program is a part of our ongoing projects of tapping local resources for sustainable human capital development through the arts. Our idea of sustainable development includes our cooperative structure, maximum use of local resources, and openness to international participation for technology transfer by their works with the younger generations in the communities we are a part. Thus, we have an open door to the multiplicity of expressions in the arts from around the world. Artistic persons or teams in diverse fields of the arts (visual, theatre, music, literary, film/new media, arts education, arts therapy, philosophy, cultural history, etc), and intersections of the arts with architecture / engineering are all welcome to apply for residency. Length of project residencies varies from a few weeks to several months, according to project.
Our community arts program is as an Open Source platform for everyone to participate, regardless of place, age or gender. For example, we can collaborate with other organizations and schools, and host a collective project in our arts village. The cross-cultural collaboration may be in form of rural community service project, community arts research, or a workshop-residency, whereby the project starts with a workshop session or course session led by one or more experts in the discipline. The interactive session may be followed by independent projects. All these culminate in an exhibition, or other means of project documentation and dissemination in evidence-based society.
SITES ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
(1) Arts Village at Abetenim, Ejisu-Juaben District, Ashanti Region
(2) Sang Arts Village, Sang, Yendi District, Northern Region
We provide free accommodation in an Arts Village setting. The international participants are responsible for own travel costs and proposed project. We suggest that participants apply for travel grants through their national art councils or other sources.
To apply, e-mail details of your plan, your CV, and examples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org . For details on our projects go to www.nkafoundation.org .