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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 Gets a New Sister City — Tema, Ghana

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A photo from “Ghana Fest,” which celebrated Columbia’s new “Sister City” relationship with the city of Tema.

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 the West African country of Ghana. Tema is located just east of the capital, Accra.

Tema is Columbia’s third sister city and its first in Africa. This new relationship was established as a result of the efforts of Columbia Association’s (CA) Tema Sister City Committee. The connection between Columbia and Cergy-Pontoise, France, was established in 1977, while the connection with Tres Cantos, Spain, dates back to 1990.

Doris Ligon, director of the African Art Museum of Maryland in Fulton, was instrumental in proposing that Columbia develop a new Sister City relationship in Africa. Tema, in Ghana, was selected as it fulfilled a number of important criteria: a safe, planned community, near the nation’s capital, 50 years of democracy and a solid relationship with the United States.

“Tema is one of a handful of planned communities in Africa,” said Willie B. Lamousé-Smith, professor emeritus of Africana studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “Tema was selected to meet the criterion of a relationship with a township whose creation and administration is similar to Columbia’s experience.” Lamousé-Smith hand-carried a letter of interest from  Columbia Association to the mayor of Tema in December 2010.AFRICAmap

These relationships between communities create avenues for cultural exchanges. Columbia’s relationships with its European sister cities have included art and cuisine exchanges, as well as annual high school student exchanges, according to Laura Smit, the program manager for CA’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs.

CA hosted a “Ghana Fest” cultural event in November, featuring Ghanaian music, dance performances, speakers, art displays and food. An exhibit of Ghanaian art is scheduled to be on display at the Columbia Art Center in May 2014. Meanwhile, students in a geography class at Long Reach High School are expected to speak via Skype with their counterparts in Tema.

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.

For more information on CA’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs, contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or email her at International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

-Article by David Greisman

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This Weekend: 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 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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CA Seeks Members for New Tema (Ghana) Sister City Committee

Columbia may soon have a third sister city to join Tres Cantos, Spain, and Cergy-Pontoise, France. In October, the Columbia Association (CA) Board of Directors approved a proposal to develop a new sister city relationship with Tema, a planned community in Ghana. CA’s International Exchange & Multicultural Programs Department is seeking volunteers to join the Tema (Ghana) Sister City Committee to help establish a formal Columbia-Tema partnership. The committee will lay the groundwork for international exchange programs for youths and adults in areas such as art, music, business, sports and education. Committee members should be Columbia/Howard County residents with an interest in actively developing this international relationship.

Columbia’s international program has a 30-year history of sending adults and high school students to Cergy-Pontoise, France, and Tres Cantos, Spain – and hosting visitors from those countries here – to promote cultural understanding and improved language skills.

The committee is seeking both adult and teen members. Interested participants should contact CA Multicultural Program Manager Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or International@ColumbiaAssociation.org for more information. Keep up with CA’s International Exchance and Multicultural programs by visiting our Facebook page at facebook.com/cainternational and following us on twitter – @casistercities.

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Kelly Cooper
410-715-3104
kelly.cooper@columbiaassociation.org

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