Conscious Accra invites you to join us in the first fully virtual edition of the Conscious Cities Festival!
From Oct. 20th - 22nd, we will be hosting a series of ‘Conscious Conversations,’ exploring the roles that cultural and environmental heritage play in shaping the future of our city and its children.
Our third 'Conscious Conversation,' Living Heritage: Shaping Accra's Future, features cultural practitioners in theatre, children's literature, and the visual arts. Our participants will discuss cultural place-making as a vital aspect of Accra's urban development, with a special focus on children as culture-keepers and designers in their own right. As a registered participant, you will receive a link to our pre-recorded webinar on Thursday, Oct. 22nd at 4:00pm GMT, so you can tune in at your convenience from anywhere in the world!
Register via Eventbrite: Conscious Accra | Living Heritage: Shaping Accra's Future
Conscious Cities Festival 2020 | To Shape and Be Shaped
As part of the 2020 Conscious Cities Festival, Conscious Accra will gather place-makers, educators, environmental justice advocates, artists, and other community members to discuss the theme Our Urban Heritage: Children, Nature, and Culture in the City. How does Accra’s rich cultural heritage shape the urban environment? How will we preserve and integrate the rich biodiversity of the region with a rapidly expanding cityscape? And, most importantly, how do we give Accra’s youth access to their natural and cultural heritage, shaping a new generation of stewards for the 21st century?
Our sessions are designed to be asynchronous, so that you can view dialogues and participate in our discussion forums at any time. We look forward to exchanging ideas with the entire CCF community!
Conscious Accra CCF 2020 Sessions:
Tuesday, Oct. 20th at 4:00pm GMT (9:00am PST/12:00pm EST): Designing Playful African Cities
Wednesday, Oct. 21st at 4:00pm GMT: Is Accra a ‘Green’ City?
Thursday Oct. 22nd at 4:00pm GMT: Living Heritage: Shaping Accra’s Future
Thursday Oct. 22nd at 6:00pm GMT (11:00am PST/2:00pm EST): Local Place-Makers: Mmofra Foundation
Please note that our sessions will be pre-recorded, so while they will go live at the stated times, they will remain available for viewing afterwards to expand access.
Executive Director, National Theatre of Ghana
Amy Appiah Frimpong is the Executive Director of the National Theatre of Ghana.
She has over forty years' experience working in the arts both as a practitioner and as an administrator, including serving as the Senior Program Officer for the Minnesota State Arts Board from 2000-2012, working with their individual artist, organizational support, arts in education, cultural community, and arts access programs, to name a few. While at the Arts Board, Amy also served as a member of the advisory group for Arts Education Managers for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies from 2005-2012 in the United States. She has served on several review panels, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Kentucky Arts Council, and Arkansas Arts Council.
Amy has a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
Co-Founder, Foundation for Contemporary Art - Ghana
Ato Annan is an artist based in Accra, Ghana. With an interest in painting, installation, sound and video, he combines his artistic practice with curating projects with the Foundation for Contemporary Art – Ghana [FCA-Ghana] and has also worked with Mmofra Foundation on their playspace interventions for children in communities in Accra.
Ato has been actively involved in a number of projects that seek to diversify the field of contemporary art by offering tools to artists that enable them to participate in rigorous idea and research-based practices. This has been achieved through collaborations with the Global Critic Clinics, Independent Curators International and the Asiko International Art Residency of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos. With his additional interest in public art and its ability to cultivate new and ‘wider’ audiences for contemporary art, Ato was one of the co-curators of the visual art component of the Chale Wote Street Art Festival, from its inception in 2011 until 2016.
Founder, Osu Children's Library Fund
In 1989, Kathy and her husband, John, travelled to Accra, Ghana, West Africa with their four young children after John accepted a position with Sikaman, a Canadian gold mining company. Observing that Ghanaian children in their neighbourhood had no opportunities to read storybooks, Kathy started a weekly reading circle under a tree in their garden.
This initiative led to the establishment of the Osu Children’s Library Fund, a non-profit Canadian organization, and the Osu Library Fund, a non-profit Ghanaian charity. Together, these organizations have built eight large community libraries in the Greater Accra region, and have helped to create more than 200 libraries in Africa, mainly small-scale initiatives in schools and rural communities.
Rachel Phillips is an accidental urbanist, and an advocate for regenerative 21st-century cities. While her professional background is centered in communications and organizational development, her international upbringing and lifelong love of cities have led her to become a student of urban resilience and creativity on six continents.
For the last decade, Rachel has played a key program and partnership development role in Mmofra Foundation's Playtime in Africa initiative, based in Accra, Ghana. The Initiative champions child-friendly public spaces in Accra and other African cities, with a focus on environmental preservation and inclusive design.
As a fellow for Conscious Accra, Rachel hopes to highlight ideas, exchanges, and urban innovations from the African continent. She looks forward to sparking global conversations through the Centre for Conscious Design.