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The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium

DIALOGUES ACROSS CULTURE: A MODEL FOR BUILDING ENDURING PARTNERSHIPS

MAPP International Productions and The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium presented a two-day public symposium in partnership with the Museum for African Art, The Center for African Education at Teacher's College and the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University. Intended for presenters, educators, students, artists, funders and those interested in deeply rooted international engagement, the symposium was designed to open up the dialogue around cultural exchange, share lessons learned through case study examples, introduce some of the projects and artists with whom the Consortium has partnered, and promote and build deeper understanding and connections between artists, arts organizations and public communities in the United States and the African Continent.

Friday October 28, 2011

Informal performances by Faustin Linyekula and Maria Helena Pinto, reception to follow Cowin Auditorium, Teachers College, Columbia University

Saturday October 29, 2011

Plenary session, interviews with artists and focused group conversations The Institute of African Studies, Columbia University

Group conversations:

Investing in Curatorial Research
Dana Elmquist, Museum for African Art (NY)
Lisa Binder, Museum for African Art (NY)
Ken Foster, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF)

Advanding the Creativity of the Artist
Ralph Lemon, Artist (NY)
Faustin Linyekula, Artist (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Randy Gener, American Theater Magazine (NY)

Connecting Artists & Communities
Maria Helena Pinto, Artist (Mozambique)
Laura Faure, Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME)
(Lewiston, ME) Todd Lester, freeDimensional (NY)

Building & Sharing Knowledge
Zoe Strother, Columbia University (NY)
Anne Marie Bouttiaux, Royal Museum for Central Africa (Belgium)
Joan Frosch, Center for World Arts at University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)