The African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora.

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The African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival 2011

September - October

Coinciding with the Mayor’s Thames Festival and the London Design Festival in September as well as the Black History Month in October, The African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival 2011 is one of the must attend creative events in London this year.

From traditional craft to contemporary design, from sculptures to multimedia installations, from fashion shows to seminars and workshops, from Africa, the Caribbean and the UK, this year’s AACDD Festival celebrates African and Caribbean creativity throughout September and October 2011 at various locations across London.

September 8-25

The main hub for our African and African-Caribbean art and design exhibitions and events during the festival period will be the Barge House on Barge House Street, London SE1 9NH, located just behind the OXO Tower on London’s Southbank, from September 8-25, 2011.

We are currently working on the definitive line-up for the 2011 Festival.

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50 Plays
Aayesha Siddiqui
Mixed Feelings


A self-reflective piece about being mixed

(Recorded and edited by yours truly)

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Stephen Burks: Man Made

The Studio Museum in Harlem is pleased to present Stephen Burks: Man Made, a unique project that furthers industrial designer Stephen Burks’s ongoing exploration of the global economy of artisanal craft. Inspired by Burks’s collaboration with Senegalese basket weavers based in New York and Dakar, as well as projects with artisans in South Africa, Peru and India, Man Made starts with the traditional basket-weaving process as its core concept. During the exhibition, the Museum’s galleries will be transformed into a workshop where New York-based weavers and artisans will create a series of functional and experimental objects and installations conceived by Burks.

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Can Creative Thinking keep students from dropping out?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a grant of $499,692 to the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) in support of a project to assess the impact of training students in creative problem solving skills. Will students trained in creative problem skills be more successful in their academic studies?

“Our interest in Creativity began when we met Stavros [Innovation Bound’s Founder]. His guest lectures in the Science 100 class generated an overwhelming amount of interest and enthusiasm from the students” says Dr. Kimarie Engerman, the project’s principal investigator.

She, Stavros and co-principal investigators Dr. Donald Drost and Dr. Konstantinos Alexandridis set out to channel that enthusiasm into life skills for UVI’s students. The team designed a three-year study to deliver training in creative thinking skills directly to students and monitor their performance, problem solving aptitude and retention.

“We are hoping that training in creative thinking will make students better problem solvers, AND we are banking that better problem solvers will have an easier time completing their university studies” explains Dr. Drost. The team and the university are enthusiastic about the potential outcome.