The 2012 Gary Clean Water Celebration happened in Marquette Park (Gary, IN) on Lake Michigan, and I was invited to facilitate a multi-arts workshop during that celebration.
Several dozen Gary Clean Water Celebration participants wrote poetry and created visual art, contributing to text and image artworks -- a Gary Clean Water Celebration mesostic poem collage and an artwork based on "Unquenchable Ontological Thirst," a poem by James Armstrong.
It was great to be part of the Gary Clean Water Celebration. Thanks to the Gary Storm Water Management District for inviting me to facilitate this arts workshop.
Click here to find out more about this arts workshop.
Bringing the World to Students, the Myths to Drama Program -- Carol Ng-He's Project with the Silk Road Theatre Project
This program culminated with a performance event which involved her students' shadow puppetry performance. Carol mentioned an exciting and gratifying moment that happened at the end of the "Myths to Drama" program, after based on the Chinese myth "The Journey of Ming" -- “One of my students came to me and gave me a gift she made - a shadow puppet of me drawing on paper with a pencil. She said I could use it, and that would also remind me of her and what I’d taught her. That reminded me that teaching is not only an act of giving, but the greatest reward I have received is that my students remind me about the importance of art in teaching and learning.”
The world can come into the classroom; inversely, there exciting potential for what happens in the classroom to go back into the world. "'Myths to Drama' brings the world to the students, unlocks students’ imagination; it also encourages students to be more aware of their surroundings and to discover their own potential and power to contribute back to the world," Carol states, in a feature length article about her involvement with Silk Road Theatre Project. This article was published byCommunity Arts Network; you can read that article by clicking here.