Elections to the ACASA Board are Live

Instructions: Members must log in to vote and then visit the link HERE OR select About from the menu at the top of the page. A drop down menu will appear. Select Board Election 2017.

Once you’ve landed on the election page, read the instructions and vote for up to five candidates. Press Submit at the bottom of the ballot.

Voting is active for exactly two weeks starting Monday, May 22 and ending at midnight on Sunday, June 4. Good luck to all of our candidates!

Statement from the ACASA Board of Directors

According to recent reports, the Trump administration is planning to completely eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) (See “Trump Team Prepares Dramatic Cuts”).   As ACASA members in the US know, many of our exhibitions and research projects could have happened only through funding by the NEA and the NEH.  Relatively few people in the US are passionately concerned with the arts and humanities; relatively few understand the essential role of the arts and humanities in preserving a robust democracy and bridging cultural differences.  Therefore the NEA and NEH could be easily eliminated if people do not speak out in their support, and as members of an African arts organization, you could make a big difference.  

The Board of Directors of ACASA asks you to join us in contacting your elected representatives in the Senate and Congress.  You can find the names and addresses of your senators here, and of your congressional representative here.  When you contact your representatives, please let them know you are a member of ACASA, and that we are working with other organizations to advocate for continued public funding for the arts and humanities. 

Networks to support artistic and scholarly freedom are now expanding.  To join with this growing community of active artists, curators, teachers and researchers, please visit  the National Humanities Alliance and Americans for the Arts.  Only through collective action can we ensure continued public funds for creating and researching art in a free and open society. 

Statement from the ACASA Board of Directors

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association is a non-political organization that exists to exchange ideas and proficiencies across borders.

As an organization we denounce the Trump administration’s executive order banning all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days on the grounds that it is racist and xenophobic, and thus stands in direct opposition to our mission. It blocks Syrian refugees from any access to the US for an indefinite period, and denies passport-holders from seven, predominantly Muslim nations – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen – entry into the country. This ban blatantly discriminates against individuals from Africa, the Maghreb, and the Middle East, affecting many members of our community. ACASA joins other academic associations in calling on the President and Congress to lift the ban and calls on all elected officials, regardless of party affiliation, to work urgently and vigorously to overturn this discriminatory order that limits collaborations with researchers and scholars from the nations listed in the executive order and violates US and international law as well as human rights on a global scale.

ACASA Awards for Curatorial Excellence

ACASA is pleased to announce a new initiative, The Awards for Curatorial Excellence. The awards recognize the important contributions to the dissemination and understanding of African and African Diaspora Arts made through exhibitions.  Temporary exhibitions and permanent collection installations organized by museums, galleries, cultural centers, and exhibition spaces of all sorts are eligible. Three ACASA Awards for Curatorial Excellence will be given per triennial cycle, beginning with the Triennial Symposium in Ghana in August 2017.  To be considered, exhibitions must have been on view between September 1, 2013 and August 30, 2016. Exhibitions opening after August 30, 2016 will be eligible for the awards at the 2020 Triennial.

New deadline and eligibility requirements: The current deadline for nominations is February 6, 2017. Applicants for the curatorial awards need not be an ACASA member in order to apply.

Please see here for details.


Triennial Travel Grants Available!

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association has secured funds to support travel for colleagues at all levels to the upcoming Triennial Symposium on African Art.  Eligible scholars are based in Africa, the Caribbean, or elsewhere if they have no support from their employer. Read more

Triennial Deadline Extensions

Mark your calendars!
ACASA is announcing the following triennial deadline extensions:

New deadline for paper proposals (to be submitted directly to panel/roundtable chairs): January 31, 2017

New deadline for fully formed panels (to be submitted to Robert Soppelsa [acasabob@gmail.com] on behalf the Program Committee): February 28, 2017

ACASA members, please see here for submission requirement details.

View panels and roundtables seeking participants here.

Receive a Kofi Cole sculpture and support ACASA’s 2017 Triennial in Ghana!

With the year’s end coming, we wanted to remind you of the wonderful opportunity to get one of Kofi Cole’s amazing miniature carvings by supporting the upcoming ACASA 2017 Triennial. Give now, before the end of the tax year!

You likely know that the 2017 Triennial will be held in Ghana next August – the first held on the continent! We want it to be attended by all the scholars and artists who would benefit from it and whose participation will enrich the experience for everybody, and so have been busy trying to raise funds to help. We need support from everyone who belongs to ACASA and everyone who cares about African art and expressive culture to do so.

To help encourage ACASA members to contribute to the Triennial Fund, Dr. Herbert (Skip) Cole made a remarkable and generous offer. In addition to his long career as an Africanist art historian (recognized with ACASA’s 2001 Leadership Award), Skip is a wood carver, making miniature versions of classic African sculptures and masks under the name Kofi Cole (see examples below). Skip has offered to give a Kofi Cole carving to each ACASA individual member who wants one and who makes new gifts to support the Triennial totaling $500 or more during the period 15 October 2016 through 1 March 2017. See offer details below.

Donate now by simply clicking this link: http://www.acasaonline.org/donations-to-acasa.

And if your gift(s) between 15 October and 1 March total $500 or more, you can own and enjoy your very own Kofi Cole!

Please help mark this exciting moment in ACASA’s history by supporting ACASA’s 17th Triennial Symposium on African Arts with a gift to the Triennial Fund and/or the Travel Fund (http://www.acasaonline.org/donations/).

Thank you for your generous support of ACASA and the Triennial. We hope to see you all in Ghana next August,

Triennial Fundraising Committee
Susan Vogel (chair), Cynthia Becker, Silvia Forni, Shannen Hill, Cory Kratz, and Smooth Ugochukwu Nzewi


Kofi Cole offer details:

a) This is a first come, first served offer. Skip will make available 30 Kofi Cole sculptures; they will be given to the first ACASA individual members to reach the donation level of $500. or more until the supply is gone. Sculptures will be sent from existing supply; Kofi Cole is not able to respond to specific requests. ACASA members who donate $1000. or more may receive two sculptures as supplies last.

b) Contributions to ACASA can be spread out over time, but all qualifying gifts must be made within the period 15 October 2016 through 1 March 2017.

c) When your donations to ACASA during the offer period reach $500., we will contact you to ask if you would like to receive a Kofi Cole carving. (The allowable tax deduction for your gift to ACASA would be reduced by $50.)

P.S. Can’t manage a Kofi-level donation? We welcome your support at any level, for any of the four ACASA funds: a) the Triennial fund, b) the Endowment fund, c) the Travel Fund, or d) the Roy Sieber Dissertation Award fund.

You can learn more about all the ACASA funds here: http://www.acasaonline.org/donations/.

Every cedi, rand, shilling, dollar, euro and franc helps!

ACASA is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Basic membership rates are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes; however, they may be tax deductible as business expenses. Donations above the cost of membership may be deductible as charitable contributions to the extent provided by law.

Support ACASA’s 2017 Triennial in Ghana!

We wanted to remind you of the wonderful opportunity to get one of Kofi Cole’s amazing miniature carvings by supporting the upcoming ACASA 2017 Triennial. Give now! Read more…

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Triennial Panels and Roundtables

ACASA is pleased to announce panels and roundtables seeking participants for the 17th Triennial.



ACASA members, please submit papers to panel and roundtable chairs by January 31.

Call for Proposals: ACASA Triennial 2017

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) 17th Triennial Symposium on African Art, hosted by the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies (IAS)
Triennial Symposium August 8 – 13, 2017 will be held on the University of Ghana, Legon campus. The symposium will begin with Museum Day on August 8, followed by panels and roundtable discussions from August 9 –13.

The deadline for panel proposals and declaration of intent for fully formed panels is now November 15, 2016.

Please see here for details.