A Professional Contributor to the Afalyca Community Art Center in East Timor :
- Dr. rer.nat Apolonia Diana Sherly da Costa, S.Pd., M.Sc
- Jun-Ass. Professor (Lecturer and Researcher) at Master Programme in Environment and Urban Studies, Catholic University of Soegijapranata, Semarang, Indonesia
- Position at Afalyca Community Art Centre, Baucau: Ambassador and Foreign Consultant for Environmental Arts and Ethics.
Dr.rer.nat da Costa takes the main role as Co-Director and Director at Afalyca Community Art Center in Creative Writing (i.e. Novel), Composing Humanitarian Disaster Relief’ Songs (i.e. Musics) and Filming the Humanitarian Disaster Relief’ Movies (i.e. Inspirational Movies).
Description of Dr. rer. nat da Costa’s role in Afalyca Community Arts Center in East Timor:
Since 1st of November 2017, Dr. rer. nat da Costa has been joining with the Afayca Community Art Centre in Baucau, Timor Leste, and has been also involved and connected with several research programme on environment arts and ethics (3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle of the garbage; it is crafted and modified for its purpose as an economic asset with the highest value of arts, for the rural people in developing countries such as in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Vietnam) that are facing the climate change’ challenges (i.e. floods, droughts, tsunami, earthquake, etc) and/or are facing poverties and inequivalence of gender issues. It is the programme that focuses on children, woman and young people (as agent of arts: artists) who live in a hazardous and/or a famine area, are also expected to gain/have a resilience and sustainable development understanding/knowledge through a Concept of Creativity and Skills in Arts and a Professional Practical Skills of Artists in their Innovation Actions. Dr.rer.nat da Costa has a strong connection about this issues with some foreign universities such as Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Portugal, University of Graz, Austria, University of Warsaw, Poland, Human Geography, Leicester University, UK, Societal Resilience Programme in Vrijee Universitat Amsterdam, Education Policy and Social Analysis (EPSA) and Education Programme for Sustainable Development at Sustainable Development Centre, Earth Institute, Columbia University in the City of New York, USA, Resilience Centre,Health Programme, Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, University of Massachuttest, Boston USA, Northeastern University, Boston, USA, and Human Geography Department, Hoa Sen University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Besides, she is appointed as an Ambassador and Foreign Consultant at the Instituicao da Pisquiza e Servicos para Sosiadade Research Centre, Universidade de Dili (UNDIL), in Dili, Timor Leste.
Before connecting and collaborating with these Universities, Dr. rer. nat da Costa pioneered a Disaster Community Art Centre focuses on Local People’s Natural Assets that they utilized as Economic Assets such as handicrafts (i.e. Traditional Weaving). She worked, collaborated and elevated this Disaster Community Art Centre’s main programme (pursuing society’s economic resilience through Community’s Creative Thinking in Arts) with the main local experts of disaster management (i.e. Mr. Patrisius Seran and Mr. Rony Seran) in the West Malaka Subdistrict of Malaka District in the West Timor Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. The Art Centre is still on developing its infrastructure aspect. The future collaboration with the Afalyca will be focusing on research programme on resilience for sustainable development (i.e. environment arts and ethic) across developing countries (first initial step: Indonesia, Timor Leste and Vietnam). The few next programme on a planning is “Piinta Ho Liman” (Hands Painting Works) will be realized its arts exhibition with the Box Hill Community Arts Centre in Melbourne, Australia in the late of 2020 and the Programme of Universes in Universe: Worlds of Art (Visual arts of Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean within the context of international art processes), “Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste e.v. held by Goethe Institute in Germany.
Dr.rer. nat Apolonia Diana Sherly da Costa (called, Sherly) is a Jun-Ass. Professor (Lecturer and Researcher) at the Master Programme in Environment and Urban Studies, in the Catholic University of Soegijapranata, Semarang City, Center of Java Province, Indonesia
Office Address: Pawiyatan Luhur No IV/1 Street, Bendan Duwur ,Semarang City, Center of Java Province, Indonesia – 50234
Telephone: (024) 8441555, 8505003