The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is inviting applications ahead of its artistic activism workshop in Accra, Ghana from 25 to 31 January.
The fully-funded skill-sharing programme, held in collaboration with novel series MoonGirls, is open to aspiring and practising Ghana-based artists as well as journalists, activists and students. Social change influencers and content creators are also welcome to apply. According to the organisers, the seminar seeks to target anyone with an interest in bringing progressive societal change in any form while being creative about it.
“This workshop will provide a space for creative thinking and problem solving through the lens of creative or artistic activism,” reads a statement. “During the workshop, we will contextualise our activism, art, work or general actions under the lens of artistic activism, exploring the legacy of artistic activism and its crucial role in engendering revolutionary social movements and bringing about social change and evolution.”
Specific themes that will be explored at the seminar include:
- Culture, human behaviour and societal evolution.
- The union of affective and effective tools to bring about change.
- Creative practice, social and political messaging.
- The legacy of African artistic activism.
- Finding ways to use artistic/creative practice for social activism.
- Ethics and community building.
- Creative problem-solving in any endeavour.
Limited spaces are available. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Interested participants should fill the application form and include a resume together with a personal essay highlighting what social issues they are passionate about changing, their visions, dreams and previous history in any roles they have played in social change.
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