Peter Atsu Adaletey (Ghana)
Peter’s Think Tank will focus on Teaching Artistry for community building and healing.
His Think Tank theme will be: Teaching Artists as arts emergency surgeons for community healing and empowerment.
Peter will invite participants to share the challenges facing their own local communities, while sharing his own stories and experiences. Collectively, the session will discuss the role the arts can have, led by Teaching Artists, in addressing these challenges and how communities can be effectively engaged at local levels.
The follow-up working group will aim to include people from a wide variety of local communities (from all over the world), that are facing their own unique challenges. What do we have in common? What is context specific? What can we learn from each other to help us address these issues?
This project will challenge working group members to identify other Teaching Artists within their local communities and begin to map ways in which they might effectively engage community members in creative change-making. The group will work together to support, and provide insights into, the ways in which the arts could be utilised to address their identified challenges. Participants will be encouraged to pilot community engagement methods, report back, and identify the approaches which have worked best in their own contexts.
The intended outcome of this project is the creation of small, local, community-engaged TA cohorts. The process by which these are built will be documented and made available online as a ‘how to’ guide for other TAs seeking to build and mobilise local community collectives.