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Sang Arts Village Roundhouse Project
Sang Arts Village Roundhouse Project

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Children's Theatre Workshop Residency: Ghana

Date: June 1-22, 2012
Venue: Sang Arts Village, Sang near Tamale in Northern Region of Ghana

Date: March 8-29, 2012
Venue: Abetenim Arts Village near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana

Children's theatre Workshop-Residency is a three-week group residency. It is designed to bring together musicians, dancers, writers, theorists, media arts persons, students and teachers of performing arts from diverse parts of the world to place themselves and their practice in question of collaborations or theory testing in a workshop-residency experience framed within the unique geographic and cultural designed to bring together theatre producers, stage designers, actors, performers context of the Sub-Sahara. The mission is to engage the local youth from 5 to 18 years old in the appreciation and creation of practical acts, thereby introduce them to the worlds of contemporary theatre. The residency starts with artist lectures and introductory presentations by participants. The participant is expected to live and work from our arts village or homestay in the community we serve. Call for application.

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Date: November 2-16, 2012 
Venue: Sang Arts Village, Sang near Tamale in Northern Region of Ghana

Date: May 17-31, 2012 
Venue: Abetenim Arts Village near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana 

International Media Arts Collaboratory is a two-week group residency. We view the collaboratory as a relational platform in which media arts specialists
from around the world come together to collaborate among themselves and/or with the local community in the creation and appreciation of media arts for knowledge sharing and cross-fertilization of skills.

We define the media arts broadly to include the diversity of recording and
presentation modes (such as photography, film/video arts, and the territory of digital arts created for gallery exhibition, television, newspaper, billboard, radio, Internet even architectural structures) that integrate digital technologies with traditional use of images and text to convey symbolism, codes and context contained and projected through audio-visual instruments. Themes of computer as a cyberspace, issues of collaboration, identity, appropriation, open source, telepresence, surveillance, corporate parody, as well as intervention and hacktivism are commonplace in media arts.

Participants will live and work together in our arts village or homestay in the rural township we serve. Project welcomes individual or team proposals involving artistic production, or theoretical presentations on how media arts contribute to the global marketplace of ideas. The theme is open. Call for application.



Date: October 5-19, 2012 
Venue: Sang Arts Village, Sang near Tamale in Northern Region of Ghana

Date: February 10-24, 2012 
Venue: Abetenim Arts Village near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana 

International Land Art Workshop is a two-week group residency.  It is designed to bring together creative persons such as artists, architects and engineers to create works by use of materials from the environment.  The participants will live and work together in an Arts Village in a rural township for knowledge sharing and cross-fertilization of skills over the two-week period.  By land art (or earthworks, environmental art) we imply: (1) Works created with materials from the environment involving air, water, earth, stone, and wood, or (2) Site-specific installation (with natural or industrial materials) within a landscape to create an aesthetic experience.  Thus, the theme is open; but permanency of work is encouraged, ephemeral would be only if it is the most appropriate means to communicating the idea.  The realized work may become a part of the Arts Village or sited in a public space in nearby village. 

Organizers will provide accommodation and food; an accepted applicant will contribute participation fee of $100 / €70 toward food.  The international participant is 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, send CV, statement/sketch of your proposed work, and a sample of your existing work to info@nkafoundation.org/ nkaprojects@gmx.com.  Submissions will be reviewed until space is filled.  

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Arts Mission 360

Arts Mission 360 is designed to connect Christians together in the arts.  The goal is to bring diversity from different parts of the globe to place t practice meaningful connections with a target community.  Help to positively transform a community by shaping a better future.  Art Mission 360 represents 360 of the 365 days in the year.  360 days are dedicated for the project.  The remaining 5 days celebrate public holidays such as New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, and Christmas.  We are looking for artists, arts, talents, or organizations interested in others for 360 days of 2012.  We provide free accommodations, and welcome participants throughout the year. You can stay for a few weeks or the entire year according to your project.  Arts Mission 360 is organized by the Nka Foundation in collaboration with FocusOnTheArts.Org

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The Kumasi Symposium


Date: July 16 - August 6, 2011 - Click here to view the Final Report.
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. 

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Character Inn Conference Center, Oklahoma City, USA
Date: March 21 - 25, 2011

Submission Deadline: October 15th, 2010 - January 15th, 2011
Early Registration Deadline: November 15th to February 15th, 2011
Full Paper Submission: Until March 15th, 2011

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Our Community Arts Residency program accepts proposals of creative projects throughout the year that in some way involve the communities we are a part of.  This is a part of our ongoing project of tapping local resources for sustainable human capital development through a focus on the arts.  We provide free accommodation in an Arts Village setting.  Length of project residencies varies from a few weeks to several months, according to project.

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Design-And-Build Resdiency Program

This is a site-based opportunity for learning-by-doing in vernacular African architecture together with design responsibility.  A typical responsibility will be to design and build a structure out of earth and other materials for community arts activities.  It is open to all students and recent graduates of Structural Design, Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and others interested in sustainable architecture and rural community development projects in Africa.  Length of residencies is usually from 1 month to 12 months. Local master builder and local laborers, if necessary will assist participant.

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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

The project is in collaboration with Balani’s Association, Bamako. With the practical acts and theoretical presentations we aim to promote critical dialogues on the best practices around the world on how the arts feed civilizations in hope that we will generate new initiatives to boost human capital development in Mali in the 21st century.

The Kumasi Symposium

Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Education through Art
Venue: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST),
Kumasi, Ghana
Date: July 31-August 14, 2009

Done in collaboration with the Department of General Arts & Art Education, it dealt with the issue of sustainability in the 21st century to enable visual arts education developments in Ghana, because one major challenge in the postcolonial time is that best practices and resourceful programs often fail to roll out nationwide and to be sustained.  The symposium was a follow-up to our 2008 Project Earth to Art in Nungua near Accra.

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