April 18-23, 2017
University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
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Ghana ThinkTank

In 2016, Ghana ThinkTank asked What’s your Houston diversity problem? Houstonians had a lot to say—much of it related to cultural and ethnic identity. Now, international think tanks in India, Iran, Indonesia, Morocco, Gaza, Serbia, and Germany are concocting solutions to Houston’s problems. During CounterCurrent17, come see how these think tanks are solving the issues of the “first world.”

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In 2016, Ghana ThinkTank asked Houston, What’s your Houston diversity problem?

Houstonians—students, conservatives, immigrants, office workers and artists, laborers and children—had a lot to say, much of it related to cultural and ethnic identity, to fitting in and to feeling like a scapegoat for other people’s problems. Now, international think tanks are concocting solutions to these issues.

During the 2017 festival, discover what these think tanks had to say about solving the problems of the “first world.” Through person-to-person conversation and installation displays, Ghana ThinkTank will show audiences the journey of our diversity problems from the city to the think tanks and back again to Houston.

Citizen Think Tanks Receiving Houston Diversity Problems:
Residents of the Sathe Nagar Slum in Mumbai and residents of Kochi City, India
Artists based in Tehran, Iran
A hacker collective based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
A group of rural artisans based in Tassoultante, Morocco
Medical students in Gaza
A group of Syrian refugees in Serbia
A group of Syrian refugees in Germany staying at the same airport as was raided by the state police due to a suspected bomb plot

Ghana ThinkTank is presented as part of the INTERSECTIONS initiative. INTERSECTIONS is a program of the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which seeks to build bridges between visiting artists and Houston’s Muslim and non-Muslim residents, with a focus on University of Houston students.

INTERSECTIONS is made possible in part by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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Ghana ThinkTank is an international collective that “develops the first world” by empowering “third world” think tanks to create solutions for the problems people face living in the “developed” world. The think tanks, which include bike mechanics in Ghana, a rural radio station in El Salvador, an artist collective in Iran, among others, propose solutions, which are then implemented in the “first world."