THE KUMASI SYMPOSIUM: Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Education Through Art (KUMASI)

Venue: Department of General Arts & Art Education, College of Arts and Social Sciences

Location: Kumasi, Ghana

Event Date/Time: Jul 31, 2009 End Date/Time: Aug 14, 2009
Early Registration Date: Jun 30, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 17, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Jun 30, 2009
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THE KUMASI SYMPOSIUM: Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Education Through Art
Department of General Arts & Art Education, College of Arts and Social Sciences
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 reviews 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 and brief biographies should be submitted electronically to

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:,

Deadline for abstract submission: 17th January 2009
Deadline for full paper (c. 3000 words) submission: 30th June 2009

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:, the university web site: and elsewhere on the WWW space.


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