#CreativeUprising will be a proactive, interactive and stimulating experience for all Art Education delegates.
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Arts & Culture (a division of FADA) in partnership with The SAMRO Foundation are pleased announce its dynamic two-day #CreativeUprising Conference programme. The programme will run from 27-28 July 2017 at The University of Johannesburg’s Arts Centre situated on Kingsway Campus in Auckland Park.
“We have been workshopping ideas around arts education and arts in education by consulting industry experts as well as active practitioners in the arts and culture industry for the past ten months to ensure that the ACT | UJ #CreativeUprising Conference speaks to all its delegates” says Conference Project Manager, Anastasia Pather. Since the fall of the Rhodes Statue in April 2015 and the rise of #RhodesMustFall movements, a nationwide call for a transformed and decolonised curricula has risen. In response to this, the #CreativeUprising programme has been designed to ensure that it is accessible, relevant and proactive in its approach towards arts education and arts in education. “In order to do this we have also ensured that there is a space for the conversation to take place before the conference on our website or Facebook page, and Twitter (@actujconference) as well as a space for post-conference engagement in the form of an exciting publication,” says Storm Jade Brown, Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator at ACT.
This year’s two-day programme is a single stream yet jam-packed experience. Delegates attending the first day of the conference will see presentations and performances by key experts, practitioners, educators and researchers in arts education. The line-up on day one includes presentations by Donna Kukama, Dr Graham Dampier, Professor David Andrew, Professor Kennedy Chinyowa and Nandie Mnyani. Key issues such as the role of community arts centres, the importance of monitoring and evaluation, African insights and policy will be addressed.
The second day of the #CreativeUprising Conference focuses on arts in education and has a strong focus on arts educators. Ashraf Jamal and Dr Alison Kearney critically examine colonial instruction. Female powerhouses Puleng Plessie and Genevieve Louw of Siyafundasana reject Western educational terminology whilst creative siblings Thuli and Asher Gamdeze question the way we look at and talk about art. There will also be several conference recaps from organisations such as ASSITEJ and NEPAD.
The wide assortment of performative presentations over the two days will explore how culture must be considered in designing inclusive educational programmes. There will also be a selection of workshops curated to offer skills development for educators and emerging creatives.
“We have also taken teachers and educators schedules into consideration and have therefore designed the conference programme in such a way that they will be able to attend after school and during breaks,” says Pather. “The recent nationwide protests that the education sector has experienced, have clearly demonstrated the power of the student voice. Therefore, The ACT | UJ Creative Conference is thrilled to announce that this year we will be partnering with Drama For Life (DFL) to run The Student Experience,” says Pather. This two-day experience will run concurrently to the conference programme and works directly with students to consider barriers to social change and education by investigating what education could look like if different arts and arts-based teaching methods are considered. The Drama For Life Theatre Company will power The Student Experience with performances, workshops and dialogues. This experience has specifically been designed for Grade 9 learners and will run daily from 09:00-15:00. For more information about the Student Experience powered by Drama For Life or to find out how your school could get involved please e-mail Anastasia Pather at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click www.creativeconference.co.za for the full programme.
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. Follow ACT on Twitter or like the Trust’s Facebook page.
UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA), produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts. For regular updates, follow UJ Arts & Culture on Twitter or visit www.uj.ac.za/arts.
SAMRO Foundation (NPC) is the Corporate Social Investment Portfolio of the SAMRO Group of Companies. As a non-profit company, the SAMRO Foundation aims to promote the national arts through sponsorships of various kinds, and to encourage excellence in the arts through education, facilitation of economic participation in the creative economy, influencing cultural and arts policies by means of research and advocacy as well as promoting living cultural heritage. For more information, please click www.samrofoundation.org.za.
Drama for Life, based at the University of the Witwatersrand, is an arts centre for social transformation and healing. It is dedicated to transforming arts and culture research, education and practice in Africa. Our commitment toward South Africa is found in our academic, short course and community engagement programmes and projects throughout the country. This commitment is embedded in a belief that the performing arts have the ability to give voice, respect and dignity to all who live in our country.