Arts in Education, Demonstrations
ICACA is currently involved in a number of Arts in
Education programs in public schools in Ghana. It also sponsor cultural lectures, performances, demonstrations
and workshops led by outstanding traditional musicians and fine artists, producing or teaching such arts as percussion,
paintings, storytelling, social and religious dances, wood carving, basket weaving, pottery, Tye and Dye making, and Culinary
arts. These programmes are held at selected sites and in several locations selected by the Centre.
The Eight Millennium Development Goals, agreed by the UN underpins the poverty
reduction policies and activities of ICACA's community development and social change's programmes. The Millennium Development
Goals require the international community to:
- eradicate extreme poverty and hunger;
- achieve universal primary education;
- promote gender equality and empower women;
- reduce child mortality;
- improve maternal health;
- combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases;
- ensure environmental sustainability;
- develop a global partnership for development.
ICACA through its various departments under its jurisdiction and working in
collaboration with the CENTER FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE, a community NGO in Ghana and other governmental,
non-governmental and community based organizations is involved in using theatre for effective community change.
Groups currently in the program are the Africana Dance Company, Ebibiman Cultural Troupe, the Borbor Fantse Dance Company,
Kwaanan and the Kyidom Drummers, the Obrumankoma, Odapagyan and Oson Traditionals, Etsii Krowaa Kusum Agoromma, Akwakrom Abele
Group, the Ekumfi Bogyano Women's Group and the Botweben Brass Band.
Identifying,recording and documenting individuals and community cultural
groups with expert knowledge about traditional life and arts. By interviewing people and documenting
them with audio or video recordings, photographs, and field notes, we are able to prepare and preserve a record of local life
for later generations. Our current project's focus area is Mankessim, Baafikrom, Enyan Maim, Ekumfi Akwaakrom, Ekumfi
Aarkra, Nkwanta and Gyedu.
The Community History Project is a program to document the
histories of rural communities ie. Its founders, original inhabitants and the meanings of the names.
Publications & Recordings
Using new research and materials from the archives, ICACA
will produce a number of publications and recordings that interpret specific traditional arts and artists for the public.
Over the years ICACA will accumulate a significant collection of primary materials
from research projects and from contributions of folklore scholars who have worked in the continent and in Diaspora. The collections
will include audio and video tapes, photographs and slides, interview transcripts, student research projects and books. These
are the primary materials upon which we will base our projects, such as exhibits, publications, and radio programs. Materials
from our collections would be made available to students, scholars and the general public for educational purposes.
The Centre in collaboration with community based NGOS and media houses produces
and sponsors educational programs on radios in local languages. Topics covered are on civic education and pertinent
problems confronting the communities. Most of the programs are interspersed with folk music presentation and the youth
members of the Centre given opportunities to share their views on national cultural policies. We are currently sponsoring
"Kyere wo adwen" a community education radio show hosted by Mr. M. K. Ato Brown of Radio Peace, Winneba. The Centre is currently
seeking funding to establish a community based Radio Station of its own to cater for the marginalised non-christians in Ghana.
We have also just establised a working relationship with an African online radio ( HIGHLIFE RADIO) based in Northern
ICACA Folklore Cyber Classroom
ICACA has plans to create a website dedicated to educational resource materials
for school age and adult learners and teachers about the folk culture and traditional arts of the continent and the diaspora. Programs at the site will include music, art, architecture, food, and more.
Festivals and Sankofa Heritage Awards
ICACA has been hosting annual community festivals
aimed bringing the artists together to network, share their experience and to promote the culture. During these festivals,
special awards are giving to deserving people in the country who have made tremendous contributions to the arts. Sankofa Heritage
Awards honors and recognize the contributions of individuals, families or community groups who have mastered traditional arts
or customs identified with the continent and have remained committed to passing them on to future generations. These
awards are given at special festivals organized by the Centre or in collaboration with other organizations or institutions
at home or internationally.
The Centre has also had the opportunity to participate or
represented in a number of International Festivals, Conferences and Seminars. Among them are the AFRICUSSION in Taiwan,
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL PERCUSSION FESTIVAL , AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL,BROOKLYN.
Register of Special Cultural Sites and Places
The Register of Special Cultural Sites Places [RSCSP] is a project to be undertaken
by ICACA to create an inventory or register of sites in culturally significant communities in selected countries that are
special to the life of those communities. This project will encourage and train local citizens to nominate and document places
such as cultural sites, important general stores, barber shops, concert halls, and community gathering places that have special
meaning to those who use them. The register will be a central repository for information about the sites and a resource for
historic preservation activities.
The Centre is affiliated to and has a working relations with a number of
International Cultural Organisations and Institutions. Among them are the Percussive Arts Society International, USA, African
Traditional Religion and Alternative Healing Inc., Akan Spiritual United Order,Washington DC, OBAATANPA Int. NYC, Harambee
Dance Company,NYC, New World Drummers Inc, New Mexico, Afrikuumba, Rochester, NY, JU Percussion Group and Music School,
Taiwan and Afridonia, Scotland.
Our staff will be available to consult with faculty and administrators of schools, community
arts organizations or historical societies, and with corporate, business or civic leaders about developing African centred cultural
arts programs. The focus of these programs will be in the performing arts from which all aspects of African Culture emanates.