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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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Columbia Association’s Día de la Familia Event is Just One Month Away

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Día de la Familia — a free event at which community members are invited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month — is just one month away. It is being held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Columbia SportsPark, which is located at 5453 Harpers Farm Road near the Harper’s Choice Village Center.

This is the 11th year that Columbia Association (CA) has hosted Día de la Familia, or Family Day. This year’s event will include Latin music and dancing; dance competitions; food; games; face painting and balloon animals; a moon bounce; arts and crafts sponsored by Columbia Art Center; Zumba®; “Latin American Soccer Cup” soccer matches; and the SportsPark’s batting cages and mini golf — all for free.

“This is a very popular event with the Hispanic community,” said Laura Smit, CA’s program manager for International Exchange and Multicultural Programs. “It’s not just for Hispanic people, though. It’s for anybody who loves Latin music and culture.”

CA has sponsored Día de la Familia, initially called Día De La Familia Hispana, since 2003. The event grew out of gatherings of local Hispanic residents and began as part of an effort alongside community groups such as Conexiones to increase foreign-born residents’ awareness of CA and help ease their transition into the area, all while coinciding with National Hispanic Heritage Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month “started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15,” according to HispanicHeritageMonth.gov, which noted that the independence days for Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua all fall between Sept. 15 and Sept. 18, while Día de la Raza, or Columbus Day, is Oct. 12.

For more information, contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or via email at International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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.

About CA’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs

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 — Cergy-Pontoise in France, Tres Cantos in Spain, and Tema in Ghana — and creating new Sister City relationships in other cities and nations. CA also develops multicultural programs for the community such as Culture Fests and the International Book Club. For more information, go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/Multicultural or call 410-715-3162.

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CA’s New World Languages Café Offers Free, Friendly Way to Learn New Languages, Increase Fluency

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Whether it is in English, en français, en español, or in Arabic, Farsi, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and other languages, there can be a table with friendly faces and good conversation at Columbia Association’s (CA) new World Languages Café.

The World Languages Café provides monthly evenings of conversation, food and culture for people to speak a language they know or are learning, increase their fluency by speaking and listening, meet others who enjoy learning languages, pick up useful phrases to use when traveling — or even to recall a childhood language.

These gatherings are free and are appropriate for adults, as well as college and high school students. They will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month — upcoming dates are March 27, April 24, May 22 and June 26 — from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wegmans Café, located at 8855 McGaw Road in Columbia. People are invited to come upstairs and join the language table of their choice, whether they want to drop in or stay the entire time. On their way up, people can purchase a drink, snack or dinner to bring with them.

Language tables are hosted by native speakers who will facilitate conversation; these gatherings are not grammar or vocabulary classes.

Check ColumbiaAssociation.org/Multicultural each month for the languages that will be offered at the upcoming session. Languages for March 27 will be announced soon on the website. For more information, contact International@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-715-3162.

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Teens, Parents Invited to Learn More About CA’s 2013 Sister Cities Exchange Program

Parents and teens interested in learning about the annual summer Sister Cities High School Exchange program are invited to attend one of four informational sessions hosted by Columbia Association (CA).

The sessions will take place at CA Headquarters, located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in downtown Columbia, on Wednesday, Oct. 24; Wednesday, Nov. 7; Thursday, Dec. 6; and Wednesday, Jan. 9. All are scheduled to be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Each session will include teen and parent alumni of the program, as well as Laura Smit, program manager for CA’s international exchange and multicultural programs, all of whom will speak and answer questions about the month-long program.

Teen participants spend approximately two weeks of cultural and linguistic immersion during the summer in one of Columbia’s sister cities: Cergy-Pontoise in France or Tres Cantos in Spain. During this time, they are hosted by the family of a French or Spanish student. After returning to the United States, students will then host their French/Spanish counterparts for another two weeks. Throughout the trip, there are organized group activities for the participants, both abroad and in the U.S.

The program fee is $650 for Columbia residents and $790 for non-Columbia residents, excluding airline tickets. Airline tickets may range from $1,100 to $1,500 per participant. Applicants must be high school students residing in Howard County and must have completed high school level three of French or Spanish by the end of the current academic year or have the equivalent language fluency. The application deadline is Feb. 22.

For an application or more information, visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/TeenExchange, or contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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