Maine College Of Art In China Year Of The Horse
Maine College of Art in China: Year of the Horse
Long-Term Partnership Between MECA and China Kicks off at the ICA on February 13 (Noon - 1pm) with Reflections on The Year of the Horse
Portland, ME ~ The Maine College of Art proudly celebrates the Chinese New Year by welcoming two distinguished figures from the Chinese-American cultural scene, Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, to speak at the ICA on Thursday, February 13. The authors of The Pocket Chinese Almanac series will be offering audiences insights into the Year of the Horse.
MECA celebrates "A Year in China," by showcasing long-term partnerships with Chinese art academies and cultural institutions through a calendar of events, talks, and East/West journeys.
China has become a major global superpower in recent years and this has translated into the cultural sector. The art markets are flourishing in Hong Kong and Beijing and there are an astonishing number of museums being built throughout Greater China. Connecting MECA with this rapidly growing cultural economy will bring long-term benefits in the future—from student recruitment to institutional connectivity, and a greater awareness among students in the globalized era. These partnerships place MECA on the map globally bringing artists, curators, educators and students from China to Maine, and offering students and staff at MECA an opportunity to travel abroad and connect with global art and cultural shifts.
In the past year, MECA has set up relations with three leading art schools in Greater China: Xi’An Academy of Fine Arts, Xi’An (XAFA), Academy of Visual Arts, Baptist University of Hong Kong (AVA), and China Academy of Art, Hangzhou (CAA). MECA President Don Tuski and Suzanne Fox of Fox Intercultural Consulting visited the schools in the spring of 2013 and established the beneficial relationships with the institutions that have allowed MECA and its students to celebrate The Year of the Horse with a wide array of talks and larger events about life in contemporary China.
Following the February 13th event, MECA will be welcoming Dr. Tricia Flanagan, Head of International Exchange at Hong Kong’s Academy of Visual Arts, in March, followed by incoming delegations and cultural events throughout the year. MECA will also be launching a summer class for those who wish to learn Mandarin. Anyone from students to faculty to members of the general Portland arts community may enroll to learn the essential basics of the language and engage in short discussions about contemporary art in China.
Helping to make all of this possible was Fox Intercultural Consulting, which has been working closely with MECA as consultants to help spearhead the China initiative. Fox Intercultural Consulting promotes intercultural understanding between the United States and China through a diverse range of educational and cultural programs.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, please contact Raffi Der Simonian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.699.5010.
The Year of the Horse With Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith
Thursday, February 13, 12.00pm-1.30pm
ICA, Maine College of Art
Free and Open to All