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Barthosa Nkurumeh
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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
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 africoae_at_gmail.

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

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.,

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.

(1) Barthosa Nkurumeh, AfriCOAE General Secretary, Instructional Leadership
& Academic Curriculum Dept, University of Oklahoma, P. O. Box 2742, Norman,
OK 73070, USA. E-mail:
(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-, Tel: 233 (0)20 816-8598/233
(0)51 634 83.

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