Strengthening its mission in capacity building for scholarly art disciplines, OYASAF has offered internship opportunity to a U.S-based scholar in contemporary art and curatorial studies.
Amber Croyle Ekong, a Nigerian-American based in U.S, is currently the Contemporary Art and Curatorial Intern with OYASAF.
|Amber Croyle Ekong|
Although she has diverse interest and a mixed education, she has decided to focus her academic and professional disciplines on Visual Arts.
Ekong hopes to continue her work in the U.S. after the internship with OYASAF.
Some of her briefs at OYASAF include program planning, documentation, curatorial, management and artists-relation.
Ekong has an eclectic academic background, having majored in Politics and minored in Spanish at Pomona College in Southern California while completing extensive coursework in Visual Arts and History.
After graduating in 2003, Ekong completed a yearlong appointment as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Mexico City where she studied Latin American Literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and launched an independent community education project.
While gaining professional experience in admissions, international marketing, program development, and administration, Ekong studied Apparel Design at Seattle Central Community College in 2007 followed by doing contract fashion design and customised hand embroidery work.
Reflecting the diversity of her commitments, she joined in founding the Umojafest Peace Center in 2008 (a space for community engagement and activism), where she was Campaign Manager for candidate Wyking Garrett in the Seattle mayor’s race and Chair of the Ecojustice and Sustainability Committee.
Throughout her sojourn, Ekong has been a supporter of and participant in the arts: she worked as an Art Specialist and Site Manager at the City of Seattle Bath House Gallery and Event Center as well as a committed volunteer to organizations such as the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas.