US Embassy, Nepal is selecting 10 Nepali female theatre artists, dancers or performing artists for the “Communities Connecting Heritage” Program.
Communities Connecting Heritage is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning. The program engages underserved communities, empowers youth, and builds partnerships between communities in the U.S. and in key strategic world regions through exchange projects that explore cultural heritage topics. American company-Carolyn Dorfman Dance (CDD) and Nepali theatre partner- Katha Ghera are partnered together to create a dance/theater piece and accompanying workshops and performances that celebrate and elevate the power and essentialness of the female voice in cultural preservation, evolution, and change.
- Once the participants complete the program, they will be alumni of the US Department of State (DOS) exchange programs. This comes with several benefits, such as worldwide networking and access to alumni grant funding. All participants must meet the standards for minimum completion of program requirements in order to receive a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from World Learning and to be admitted into the DOS International Exchange Alumni community at the end of the program pre-defined by the U.S. Embassy in coordination with World Learning and Katha Ghera.
- Out of the 10 selected, 3 Nepali participants will take part in an exchange program to the U.S. The selection will be made after the Kathmandu Residency of March 2020.
- February – March 2020: participate in weekly virtual sessions
- March 6- 20, 2020: participate in two-week artist residency in Kathmandu resulting in two-three performances (Note: Participants will be provided a minimal stipend to cover necessary meals and incidental costs during the residency)
- End of March – June 2020: participate in further virtual sessions
Goal of the program:
- To establish a safe space for culturally and ethnically diverse participants to share personal stories and experiences through their art.
- To feature women as key transmitters of culture, tradition, values, and change. We will explore how they are the “keepers of cultural pearls” and discuss existing values and traditions.
- To present a public performance accompanied by workshops and artist/audience dialogues in various settings in each country to include a public theater, university, community center, high school, etc.
- Women between the ages of 18-30 with experience/interest in theatre, dance or performing arts.
- Preferably with experience in using arts for community development, women and gender issue.
- Adequate English Language skills with the ability to participate in virtual workshops.
- Women from racial, geographical and ethnic minorities will be given preference
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
Official Link: https://np.usembassy.gov/call-for-application/