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Artwork Sought for Ghanaian Exhibit at Columbia Art Center

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Columbia Association (CA) is seeking a variety of artists and collectors of Ghanaian art for an upcoming exhibit that will introduce the community to Ghanaian artwork, while also celebrating Columbia’s new sister city of Tema.

“The Art of Ghana: A Contemporary and Traditional Art Exhibit,” will run from Thursday, May 8, through Sunday, May 18, at the Columbia Art Center. The exhibit will include paintings, sculptures, photography, textiles, jewelry, etc. It is being put on in collaboration with CA’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs.

There are no fees for participating. Artwork can be for sale or not for sale. Any sales from the gallery will result in a 70/30 split, with 70 percent of the proceeds going to the artist. Artists can also choose to donate a larger portion of their commission to CA’s Team Sister City Committee Fund.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. Exhibitors will be invited to discuss their gallery works with guests during an afternoon of Ghanaian food, music and conversation.

Interested artists and collectors should email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org for an Exhibition Entry Form, which must be received by email, fax or U.S. mail no later than March 15. Forms should be addressed to Laura Smit, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Maryland, 21044. Acceptance letters and additional event information will be sent out after applications are received and reviewed.

Tema, a planned city of more than 160,000 people on the coast of Ghana, is located just east of the country’s capital, Accra. It is Columbia’s third sister city. The Tema Sister City Committee is focusing on developing virtual exchanges via online video chats between high schools in Columbia and secondary schools in Ghana; connecting Rotary clubs and religious institutions in both towns; showcasing Ghanaian art and music programs; and conducting artist exchanges.

CA’s International Exchange & Multicultural Programs foster international understanding and celebrate the diverse cultures of Columbia. The goals of the International Exchange Program include developing new exchanges with Columbia’s sister cities, and creating new Sister City relationships in other cities and nations. CA also develops multicultural programs for the community such as the World Languages Café, Culture Fests and the International Book Club. For more information, email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-715-3162.

Columbia Art Center is located at 6100 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village Center. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to ColumbiaArtCenter.org or call 410-730-0075.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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Celebrate Columbia’s New Sister City at Ghana Fest on Nov. 17

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The community of Columbia, Maryland now has a new sister city — Tema, a planned city of more than 160,000 people on the coast of Ghana that is located just east of the country’s capital, Accra.

Columbia Association (CA) and its Tema Sister City Committee will celebrate by hosting “Ghana Fest” on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at Slayton House, which is located at 10400 Cross Fox Lane in the Wilde Lake Village Center.

All are welcome to this free cultural event. The program includes Ghanaian music, dance performances, drumming, speakers, art displays and a sampling of delicious Ghanaian finger foods. Among the guests expected are residents of Ghana, as well as local residents originally from Ghana. The program will begin promptly at 3 p.m., and will be followed with refreshments and a DJ playing Hip Life and Azonto music. African dress is encouraged.

Tema is Columbia’s third sister city. The relationship between Columbia and Cergy-Pontoise, France, was established in 1977, while the connection with Tres Cantos, Spain, dates back to 1990. For more information, call Laura Smit, the program manager for CA’s international exchange and multicultural programs, at 410-715-3162 or email her at International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

CA’s International Exchange & Multicultural Programs foster international understanding and celebrate the diverse cultures of Columbia. The goals of the International Exchange Program include developing new exchanges with Columbia’s three sister cities, and creating new Sister City relationships in other cities and nations. CA also develops multicultural programs for the community such as the World Languages Café, Culture Fests and the International Book Club. For more information, go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/Multicultural or call 410-715-3162.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a master planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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Travel the World with Columbia Association

Columbia Association’s Sister Cities Summer 2013 High School Exchange is an international summer “camp” for Columbia/Howard County high school students studying Spanish and French. Students can experience a different culture, greatly improve their language skills while living in France or Spain, and spend four weeks with French or Spanish students of similar age! Trips leave the last week in June, and the exchange goes through July. Applications are due Feb. 22. For more information, go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/TeenExchange or contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or Laura.Smit@ColumbiaaAssociation.org.

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Celebrate Diversity at 17th Annual Columbia International Day on Saturday, July 23

Columbia’s 44th birthday honored with cake-cutting at 4 p.m.

The Columbia Association (CA) will host the 17th annual Columbia International Day on Saturday, July 23 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Throughout the day, this event will feature live music and entertainment representing a variety of cultures; international food and crafts vendors; children’s activities; the annual decorated umbrella exhibition; and a celebration of Columbia’s 44th birthday. The theme of this year’s decorated umbrella art exhibition is “Going Green and Other Colors: Saving the Environment.” More information on this exhibition and how to enter is available at ColumbiaArtCenter.org.

Columbia International Day is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 410-715-3161 or go to ColumbiaCalendar.org.

2011 Schedule of Events

Stage area

2 p.m. Halau Ha’aKea o Mokihana (Hawaiian dance and music); Zumba Demo/US Tae Kwondo
3 p.m. HaNeul SoRi (Korean drummers and music); Nazu Dance Company (African dance and music from the Ivory Coast)
4 p.m. Sister Cities Program and Happy Birthday Columbia (cake cutting)
4:30 p.m. Infinite featuring Mr. Marcus Young (world jazz, funk and R&B)
5:15 p.m. Cecil’s Antics (clown)
6 p.m. Jah Works (reggae with Jamaican roots and hip hop)
7:30 p.m. Daniel Rego Duo (Portuguese guitarist duo)
8-10 p.m. The Rollex Band (classic rock and R&B)

Merriment on the Grounds

2-6 p.m. Children’s activities (slide/bounce combo, mini-golf, face painters, balloon sculptor and games)
2-8 p.m. Cecil the Cycling Clown
6-8:30 p.m. “LaRambla at the Lake” (European street performers and illusions to boggle the mind and delight the senses – take the stroll!)

For media inquiries, contact:

Shelia L. Green
General Manager of Communications & Community Relations
410-715-3171
Shelia.Green@ColumbiaAssociation.com

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