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ARThink South Asia 2017

ARThinkSouthAsia is a management, policy, and research programme in the arts and culture sector. Initiated in 2010, the programme is dedicated to founding and supporting a cadre of arts managers committed to the cause of capacity building in the South Asian region, encompassing Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

About this edition

Fifteen Fellows from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Maihar, and Pune in India, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Tehran and Bandar Abbas in Iran, Bamyan Province in Afghanistan, and Dhaka in Bangladesh came together for this edition of ARThinkSouthAsia. In accordance with the fellowship’s imaginative vision that is geared towards capacity-building, these cultural practitioners were trained by experts in the essential managerial skills of fundraising, digital marketing, human resources, and strategic planning. Since the Fellows came from a diverse range of socio-cultural contexts, their interactions resulted in an enriching exchange of ideas, creative practices, and unique perspectives on administration in the arts and culture sector. Some of the initiatives and collectives in whose operations the 2017-18 Fellows have played key roles are: LiveSquare, a Dhaka-based next generation entertainment company focussing on the art of show-making; the troupe Drama Queen, based out of Bengaluru, that is evolving a new form of documentary theatre through the uses of photographs, oral narratives, archival material, etc.; the renowned Iranian arts publication Herfeh Honarmand Quarterly; the Prakriti Foundation in Chennai, a leading arts and cultural foundation that conductsfest ivals, cultural events, and mentorship programmes; the Rowzana Production in Bamyan, a non-governmental non-profit that aims to preserve the cultural values of the region and support arts initiatives focussing on women’s rights and good governance; the Mazzedaar Laboratory, a cultural organisation that promotes arts education in schools and universities; the innovative Museum of Futures project at the JSW Foundation; the curatorial venture ArtNowThus and the Drama School in Mumbai; the Kolkata-based ArtsAcre Foundation and the first International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming in India; Artafrynarts, an Iranian organisation that works with artists with disability; Cinnamon Colomboscope, an annual multidisciplinary arts festival in Sri Lanka; the Ichol Art Centre in Madhya Pradesh that is a forum for workshops, conferences, gatherings in the arts and culture sector; the TIFA Working Studios, a Pune-based platform dedicated to exploring alternate avenues of art education, etc.

This event is part of ARThinkSouthAsia

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