NICA is an independent not-for-profit resource development centre for culture and the arts.
Established in early 2003 and located in Yangon, NICA has 2 main objectives:
(1) to identify and support those aspects of arts and cultural practices within Myanmar that are in need of resource-building to facilitate their development and
(2) to facilitate access and exchanges between Myanmar arts and cultural practitioners with counterparts, organizations and opportunities outside Myanmar.
Activities and Objectives:
International Networking & Resource-sharing Programmes
In order to address the lack of contact, interaction and access on the part of Myanmar art and cultural practitioners with and to their counterparts, information, knowledge and opportunities from outside the country, one of NICA’s primary objectives is to facilitate exchange, collaboration, networking and resource-sharing between Myanmar arts and cultural practitioners with those from neighbouring regions and internationally. We encourage and actively invite local and international artists, writers, historians, educators and organisers to come into Myanmar to share knowledge and resources, and to engage in creative exchanges and collaborations with Myanmar artists, writers and cultural participants.
NICA seeks to connect the Myanmar practitioner to the various discourses, activities, practices and organizations outside.
Infrastructures / Facilities
Office, resource and reference library, archive, exhibition and activity spaces, IT training capacity, studio space, kitchen, accommodation for artists and writers-in-residence.
Social and artistic disciplines
NICA’s programmes are divided into 3 categories:
Residency, Research & Development and Training Programmes within Myanmar/Burma;
International Networking and Resource
sharing Programmes and General Programmes/ Services. See website for more information
Funding have to be sourced every 6 to 9 months
Nica is now managed bi IFIMA- International Forum for InterMedia Art based in Singapore and Malaysia
IFIMA is an international cultural organization committed to:
promoting art as a cultural activity in which the creative process contributes towards people’s developmental needs on an interdisciplinary platform
forging collaborations, networking and resource-sharing across disciplines, and across cultures
promoting discourse across disciplines and sectors so as to build engagement amongst co-participating communities in arts and cultural activities
curating and organizing art and cultural events which respond to specific cultural contexts
devising and facilitating context specific training and resource-building programmes with aim of promoting self-management by arts communities