Rex Nettleford Arts Conference 2017

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing (EMCVPA) will host the 4th Biennial Rex Nettleford Arts Conference, October 11-13, 2017 under the theme  “Arts and Culture for the 21st Century: Millennial Dis-Engagement Engagement – Re-Engagement“.

The theme for this year’s conference comes against the background of the belief that the way forward for national, social and economic independence is through the arts and culture. Under the theme the conference therefore seeks to provide an opportunity to explore the realities that inform current arts praxis in the Region that connects to our history, culture and current society.

The Conference thus seeks to provide an opportunity for local, regional and global voices of arts educators, policy makers, researchers and Arts practitioners to raise awareness, share experiences and examine the terrain of historical erasure, social and institutional responsibility and the multiple ways in which people compose, or fail to do so, outward and interior realities.

The Conference thus aims to a) listen to what/where young people, within and beyond institutional walls, may be doing/going; b) provide a space where these ideas/issues can be encouraged; c) reflect on the implications of such a dialogue on/for current teaching/learning methodologies.

The conference co-chairs invite individuals and groups to submit proposals on the conference theme that explore and expound upon the subtitles: Dis-Engagement – Engagement – Re-Engagement.

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The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been through several stages in its evolution. The four Schools—Drama, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts—started out at different locations in Kingston. Two of the Schools, namely the School of Art and the School of Music, are historic because of their establishment in 1951 and 1961 respectively, before the island gained its independence from Britain in 1962.

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