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					                Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development (GLC) and

            the Arts Council Lake Erie West in cooperation with GLC Alumni partners in Tanzania

                                                   Announce an

                                    Open Competition for Participation in:


    “ARTS EXCHANGES ON INTERNATIONAL ISSUES FOR TANZANIA”

         An Exchange Program between Tanzania and Northwest Ohio, United States of America


        Young emerging women artists (age 22-35) from Tanzania whose artistic disciplines include painting
(on various surfaces, murals and mixed media); sculpture (wood, metal, clay, glass fiber, jewelry, and mixed
media); photography (traditional film, digital and mixed media); fiber arts (fiber, batik, weaving, quilting,
basketry and mixed media) are invited to apply to participate in a two-day artist workshop and exhibition in Dar
es Salaam in February 2009. Applicants are invited to enter up to three pieces of their artwork for an exhibition:
“Art in a Woman’s World”. Applications are available for download at http://www.artistsoftanzania.org.
        The artwork will be displayed during and at the location of the workshop and it will be also on a virtual
gallery on the program website. After the workshop, exhibition, and interviews with American artists eight
Tanzanian women (and alternates) will be recommended for a 28-day fellowship program in Northwest Ohio,
USA in March/April 2009 or in September/October 2009. (Following the recommendation the final selection
will be in consultation with the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam). There is no geographic limitation for
participation in this exchange but preference will be given to applicants from the following regions: Dar es
Salaam, Arusha, Tanga, Dodoma and Zanzibar. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to their
profession as well as to positively influencing their communities, particularly other women and youth.
        The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Cultural Program Division of the Office of
Citizen Exchanges, in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, organized by the Great Lakes Consortium
for International Training and Development (GLC) in cooperation with Arts Council Lake Erie West with GLC
Alumni partners in Tanzania.
         The overall goal of the program is to bring together emerging Tanzanian and Northwest Ohio
professional artists to address common issues facing women as expressed through multiple, mixed visual artistic
media. The program will focus on how female artists can use art for self-expression and as a way to engage
others in the community and explore various topics (identity, educational opportunities, violence against
women, the roles of women in society as artists, and how art can promote tolerance and respect for women). It
will help the artists to develop a deeper understanding of themselves as artists and as community leaders.
        During the 28-day fellowship program in the United States, Tanzanian artists will work with American
counterparts on collaborative projects and will share visual art techniques. Workshops and master classes,
multicultural events, community service activities will be also included in the program tailored to the delegation
members’ interest. The collaborative artworks will be displayed in an exhibition at the end of the visit in NW
Ohio. This exhibition will be also included on the program website.
        The U.S. program will feature joint and individualized discussions with U.S. art educators and visual
artist partners, mentoring, and other opportunities for interaction. Participants will also have the opportunity to
visit places of cultural interest in the visual arts field, and will do presentations at professional and community
events and engage broad audiences. They will prepare their 6-9 months Action Plan during their visit in the U.S
and they are expected to continue the network with other participants and engage the local communities.
Participants will be required to share their experience and mentor others in Tanzania after their return and
cooperate closely with the GLC/ACLEW partners and be involved in GLC Alumni activities in Tanzania.
         The fellowship program will be located in Northwest Ohio (Toledo, Sylvania, Bowling Green,
Fremont) but may include activities in other parts of Ohio (Columbus and Cleveland), Michigan (Detroit and
Lansing area), Indiana (Shipshewana) and Illinois (Chicago area).
        We invite applicants who have innovative ideas, have some previous artist accomplishments, and those
who can make a large impact on young women. We would like to have individuals who are also active in
community or service organizations. Participants need to display evidence of good organizational and
management skills, should be respected members of their local community, interested in long-term international
cooperation, have good communication and presentation skills, and are receptive to modern technology.
Selected participants will be encouraged in developing connections not only between their countries and the
U.S., but also within Tanzania. In order to establish a successful cooperation and communication with U.S.
counterparts, participants must have good communication and written skills in English, and have experience
using the Internet before departing to US.
        GLC/ACLEW representatives from NW Ohio will contact the applicants by e-mail during the selection
and preparation before visiting to United States, so applicants need to maintain one regular e-mail connection
with GLC. As part of the exchange, delegations from NW Ohio will visit Tanzania to organize the workshop,
jury the exhibition and will interview applicants and will consult on their ideas on collaborative art projects with
U.S. artists. They may also visit applicants’ organizations, studio or workplace. Applicants are encouraged to
cooperate with GLC Alumni partners in Tanzania in the preparation of these workshops.
        The workshop in Dar es Salaam area will be provided for free for up to 50 participants, but the program
will not cover the travel expenses to the seminar location, housing, food etc. outside the program. Participants
must take care of their expenses and arrange those themselves. At the seminar location daily lunch and
refreshments, training materials will be provided for free for the selected participants.
        International travel expenses for the selected participants are covered by the grant (including visa, health
insurance, and transportation to and from Detroit). Accommodations (home stays at American families in NW
Ohio), meals and group transportation will be also provided. Participants need to have a valid passport issued in
or after 2005. Participants will have to cover their own expenses occurred within Tanzania (travel from and to
the Embassy for visa interviews and the airport, meals or accommodation while visiting the Embassy, pre-
departure or after arrival in Dar es Salaam. Selected participants (and alternates) are required to keep the
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connection with GLC representatives in Tanzania and in NW Ohio, and attend the program related activities
(orientation meeting, interview at the Embassy in Dar es Salaam).
        We encourage applicants without previous U.S. travel experience to fill out the Application Form.
        Application Deadline: December 20, 2008. Application forms, with artist statement and photos of your
artwork for exhibition on a jpg file have, and electronic copy of your passport (with your photo on the page) to
be submitted by e-mail. GLC will acknowledge the receipt of your application. 50 pre-selected applicants will
be invited by e-mail to participate in the artist workshops and exhibition organized in Tanzania with the
American artists.
        GLC-ACLEW Selection Committee in Toledo, Ohio will inform the selected participants and alternates
for the US fellowship, and start the J-1 visa process.


                            Please e-mail your application by December 20, 2008 to:
                        Martin Nagy, ACLEW Executive Director: martinnagy@aol.com
and submit a signed, hard copy of your application to the any of the addresses provided on the application form.


                                   For any questions you can contact either:
                                                  Martin Nagy, or
             Elizabeth Balint, GLC Project Manager, e-mail address: glc_tanzania4@hotmail.com
         or Mlongetcha L. Mkuku, GLC Representative in Tanzania,         e-mail: mmkuku@yahoo.co.uk




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