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Cross Cultural Collaborative
"Cross Cultural Collaborative is an educational non-profit that invites people to Ghana to promote cultural exchange and understanding through the arts." On the 'workshops' page you can read about all their past and upcoming programs bringing Ghanaian and foreign artists together. Past programs include mosaic murals, ceramic furniture, etching, pottery, raku and story collecting. [posted: Mar 06, 2004]
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian
Explore the museum's collections as well as its past exhibitions of "tradition-based" as well as contemporary arts. The site produces special web presentations for most of its exhibitions, and an archive of these is available online. In the collection area of the site you are able to search over 1400 works in its database. [posted: Mar 04, 2004]
Aba Tours
Tour operator, with a focus on the arts, culture and people of Ghana. "Aba Tours does not show you Ghana from the window of a tour bus. With us, you meet the people on a personal level and participate in their daily life." [posted: Mar 04, 2004]
Art and Life in Africa Project
A companion web site to the Art and Life in Africa CD-ROM Project of the University of Iowa. The site contains an online version of the Teacher's Guide, a databank of 47 lesson plans, and profiles of 107 African Cultures and 27 Sub-Saharan African Countries. [posted: Mar 04, 2004]
Africa Access Review
Online database contains reviews and annotations of over 900 materials on Africa. These critiques and descriptions were written by university professors, librarians, and teachers most of whom have lived in Africa and have graduate degrees in African Studies. Compiled and edited by Brenda Randolph for the Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland. [posted: Mar 04, 2004]
African Voices
An exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. African Voices "examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment". This companion web site is a very rich multimedia presentation. In the area of arts you will find Paa Joe, a Ghanaian coffin maker, Lamidi Fakeye, a Yoruba scupltor, Kenyan carver Ali Helewa, Malian sculptor Siriman Fane, Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali among others. Of special note is the Discovering Mudcloth section. [posted: Mar 04, 2004]
The Art of Burkina Faso
By Christopher D. Roy, Professor of Art History at the University of Iowa. This extensive essay examines the history of the various peoples who live in present day Burkina Faso. Various crafting traditions are examined - furniture, pottery, jewelry, weaving - with particular attention to the masking traditions. There is also a cross-cultural comparative stylistic summary for the various peoples of the region - Mossi, Gurunsi, Bwa, Bobo, Marka-Dafing. Great ethnographic images. [posted: Mar 04, 2004]
Ousmane Sow
Ousmane Sow is a Senegalese artist whose work has been well received and admired throughout the world. His web site provides an extensive overview of his life and works, with many photographs, video clips, interviews and writings. And also his children's drawings... [posted: Mar 04, 2004]
Modern African Art: a basic reading list
Compiled by Janet Stanley, National Museum of African Art Library, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The reading list gives extensive annotations of each entry, and is being updated continually. [posted: Mar 04, 2004]
Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent
"This online collection contains digitized visual images and sounds of Africa contributed over the years to the African Studies Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison." The searchable database contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sound from 45 different countries. [posted: Mar 04, 2004]
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