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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Get Free: Gender Liberation through Art & Activism (Group 4)

Are you concerned about how women, men, and/or queer people are treated in your home community or around the world? Have you ever been personally told that you can’t do something because of your gender? If so, this course on gender justice, art, and activism may be right for you! Get Free: Gender Liberation through Art & Activism is a week-long workshop that investigates how gender is defined, practiced, and policed on local and global scales. You will use a variety of art practices such as spoken word/slam poetry, graffiti, print-making, soundscapes, and painting/drawing to explore your personal relationship with gender and analyze how cisgender, trans, and genderqueer communities are controlled by individuals, societies, and governments. You will confront gender oppressions in education, the workplace, and other areas, and use intersectional feminist and queer activist strategies in order to make art that can intervene into these injustices. Come prepared to think critically, form community, and take action on issues that you care about!

Painting World Awareness

Our course is going to be named "Painting Worldly Awareness." We are going to focus on Issues of access in the Midwest and bring it together with issues of access in other places. For each day, we are focusing on a different topic and bringing it together with examples how artists around the world use their art to advocate and draw awareness to the issues they are addressing both globally and locally. We will primarily be focusing on street art in different areas that advocate for each issue we will be discussing.

We will begin our course by introducing an overview of the different issues we'll be focusing on: Access to food, water, security and education. Each day we will present an introduction as to how this issue is presented, both in the mainstream media and through art. We will provide examples to this issue, both in specific examples in other areas of the world and then ask students to compare them to local issues. After doing this we will provide examples of media coverage of these issues, including forms of art advocating for change. During the lessons, we will ask students to sketch out designs for their issue, which they will turn into banners at the end of the week.

Monday: Water Wars
Provide a brief history lesson into some famous water conflicts
Examples: Cocobamba Water War , Flint Michigan
Ask students to sketch notes in their personal sketchbooks of art advocating for water issues

Tuesday: Food Insecurity
Introduce food deserts in the US, Introduce conflict in Yemen, other places where access to food is denied or restricted
  Artist- Murad Subay in Sana Yemen

Photo of the White family making dinner Photographer- Amy Toensing "Hunger in the Heartland


Wednesday: Education and Opportunity 

Begin with discussion- Is education a basic human right?
Giving students examples, we will ask them to consider how education impacts a country.

Art Examples:

 Apolo Torres, San Paulo : "Education is Not a Crime"

Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Multicultural Exploration of Gender and its Inequities (Group 4)

Course Description: In this workshop, students will learn to understand the complex role 
and impact of gender. They will learn how gender and gender roles are performed differently
 among individuals and societies. And, they will identify how inequities develop from gender
 norms within societies. Students will also observe how inequities vary within genders, depending on 
factors such as race and class.

Poverty near and far: Marginalized Populations and Indigenous Existence

Our course will focus on poverty as a global, systemic experience. Over the course of the week, we will discuss "What is poverty?" and uncover the stereotypes and stigmas it is associated with. Our lessons will include discussions of intersectionality, defining marginalized populations, and self-awareness. While our local will focus on Indiana/ the Midwest (and perhaps a snapshot from the Bronx), our national will include the Navajo Nation, and our international will focus both on Indigenous peoples in Canada and Maori peoples in New Zealand. Our course will highlight an end goal of finding and giving voice to those who have been silenced. What agency do those in poverty have to make an impact in the world (environmentally, for community, or otherwise)? This will include role playing scenarios that will empower our students to discuss poverty (and other global issues) both in their personal relationships and in a broader context.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

First Steps

Greetings 2018 GALACTIC Global Arts Infusion Facilitators, 

Thanks so much for your work during orientation and we hope you had a restful holiday weekend. Let's move forward with the planning. Here are a few first steps:

1. In your personal blog, share a one paragraph intro with a photo (your choice). Here are some examples from previous years that you may find as useful sources of inspiration: [1] [2] [3].

2. Please give your blog a personalized name and look. Send the name and link to Shareef. I spotted a cat on one blog! Nice.
3. Each week, please check out at least 3 personal blogs and say hi to someone that you did not get a chance to hang with as much at the training.

By June 10th, we hope to replace the above numbers with the title for your courses. You can begin your work in your google doc by drafting a couple of names PLUS a short paragraph description of the course. This is just a working draft of course and hopefully you will get input from facilitators from other groups. 
2. Start to work in a google doc on the blog-bridge on developing your course - Shareef is available to provide technical assistance and Vesna and I are available for content feedback and bouncing around ideas. 


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Access to Water

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Book is focused on Salva Dut living in Sudan and it's told alongside another thread with a young girl's story and her eight hour walk to water each day. It's a quick - meant for upper elementary. You could either read it or read up about this true story online to give your students context or background information about the topic.

Salva Dut has a TED talk and there are other videos of interviews with him.