Innovative Educators Institute: Emplacement

July 11, 2016 - 10:00am - July 15, 2016 - 4:00pm

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Innovative Educators Institute: Emplacement
July 11-15, 2016

Faculty member: Rina Kundu
Participating artists: Fo Wilson, Tyanna Buie, Colin Matthes

Lynden’s Innovative Educators Institute runs in three-year cycles, and is built around cross-disciplinary, school-based teams generally made up of an art educator and one or two generalists or teachers with other academic specializations. The focus is on teaching interdisciplinary, arts-integrated strategies and methodologies that are easily adapted to the classroom, but we also believe that making time for art and reinvigorating one's personal art practice have a positive impact on teachers and teaching. In addition, we make resources and opportunities available to the classrooms of participating teachers, including hands-on field trips to Lynden and school-based residencies with Institute artists.

Each year the institute is built around a different theme. This year we will investigate “emplacement” by attending to questions of experiencing place in relation to bodies, minds, and the materiality and the sensoriality of environments. We will also be integrating the work of artist Fo Wilson, and her project on the Lynden grounds, Eliza's Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities, a full-scale structure that is both wunderkammer and slave cabin. Wilson's Afrofuturist imagining of what a 19th-century woman of African descent might have collected, catalogued and stowed in her living quarters raises pertinent questions about the material culture of enslaved people and about the ways artists can help us experience history from the viewpoint of the "other."

The 2016-2017 cycle of the IEI begins with a summer intensive from July 11-15, 2016. A toolkit of art-based, cross-disciplinary strategies will be developed that will be augmented by outdoor hands-on experiences with artists Colin Matthes, Tyanna Buie, Fo Wilson, naturalist Naomi Cobb, and others. The institute includes an independent study period to prepare for an exhibition and to complete curriculum projects. Final projects will be exhibited and presented at Lynden in late July. The institute also includes two in-service workshops, in fall and spring, for the entire group; ongoing teamwork on implementation of the new curriculum; and classroom visits from Institute faculty throughout the school year.

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