The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) within the School of Applied Human Sciences, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Art A Resource for Reconciliation Over the World, South Africa (ARROWSA).
Both parties will work together to continue the collaborative relationship they enjoy in educational/experiential learning and research activities and to promote the sharing of knowledge and expertise for mutual benefit.
The partnership aims to raise the profile of art, culture and heritage for social change locally, nationally, in Africa and in the rest of the world. It also wants to promote skills and excellence in art, culture and heritage for social change; identify and apply for research funding for joint projects, and bridge the digital divide to enable ARROWSA participants and their broader network engage in digital art, culture and heritage digital projects.
Academic Leader for Community Engagement in the School of Applied Human Sciences Professor Lauren Dyll said: ‘I have been a member of the ARROWSA management committee for about 14 years. I think that experiencing and observing engaged scholarship and the creation of productive links between international NGOS, funders, local schools, individual practitioners, scholars, learners and local community members inspired me to become more involved in exploring the potential of community engagement in UKZN,’ said Dyll.
‘This more formalised partnership between CCMS and ARROWSA motivates us to continue this work. There are exciting projects currently under way that are funded by the National Heritage Council and National Arts Council. Watch this space!’