Cambridge Creativity Commons Gathers STEAM

The Cambridge Creativity Commons and Kyle Browne have done some incredible work!

"Not only did this project foster student learning, but it also provided a platform for arts, science, and technology educators to collaborate as well as think critically and creatively about best practices. Bringing knowledge from the individual fields of expertise enriched and strengthened the curriculum as well as demonstrated positive leadership and collaboration to all students." Cambridge Public Schools

See the full project here http://rindgeavenue.cpsd.us/flash/ecomuve_2014

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International Poetry Festival

We are excited to host Lesley University's International Poetry Festival

Please join us to read or to listen and enjoy the poetry.

 

When: Friday April 18th 2:30 – 5pm

Where: The Creativity Commons U hall Room# 3-043

Please contact Clara Ronderos for any questions crondero@lesley.edu
Students, faculty and staff meet at this event to share their love of poetry and their language skills.
Chilean poet Marjorie Agosin will be reading at the opening presentation of the festival.
Please join us to read or to listen and enjoy the poetry.
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Painting it Forward

Come look at the incredible exhibition from Doffie Arnold such a wonderful supporter of art and The Cambridge Creativity Commons. The CCC has emerged as a distinctive creative program in Cambridge under the guidance of its Partners Advisory Board: Dave & Doffie Arnold, the Cambridge Community Foundation, the Cambridge Public Schools (CPS), the Cambridge Arts Council, and Lesley University’s Creativity Commons and College of Art & Design. Kyle Browne  Teaching Artist for The CCC is showing student work that has been made during projects with the CCC. http://cambridgecreativitycommons.org

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State of Higher Education in Russia: Designing International Programs

Topic: State of Higher Education in Russia: Designing International Programs 

 

Professor Tatiana Vaulina

 

 

Where: University Hall Creativity Commons (Room 3-043), Porter Campus

 

Luncheon: Please RSVP to Michael Donnor at mdonnor@lesley.edu if you plan to attend so that we can prepare for the luncheon.

 

You are cordially invited to a Creative Conversation with Fulbright Scholar Tatiana Vaulina on Wednesday, March 12th, at noon in the Creativity Commons.  Ms. Vaulina will discuss the state of higher education in Russia today as well as her work at Tomsk State University in designing international programs, including a current one in art therapy and counseling.

Tatiana Vaulina is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department of Tomsk State University. Since 2009, she has also served as a Coordinator of International Projects for the department. Ms. Vaulina’s responsibilities include: developing and coordinating international collaboration projects; organizing international seminars, workshops and conferences; coordination of international research; documentation support for foreign participants; and organization of hospitality programs. Currently, she is in charge of developing and implementing an international educational program that will result in a dual degree diploma in Art Therapy and Counseling.

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OneWorld Classrooms: Igniting cultural awareness with a camera

The Global Arts Series Spring 2014

The Global Arts Series is sponsored by The Creativity Commons, The Global Center, and the Institute for Arts and Health at Lesley University.
 
OneWorld Classrooms: Igniting cultural awareness with a camera
Paul Hurteau and Cristina Llerena from OneWorld Classrooms
When: Thursday, February 27th from 12-1pm 
Where: University Hall Creativity Commons (Room 3-043), Porter Campus
 
Paul Hurteau, founder of OneWorld Classrooms, and Cristina Llerena, Boston140 curator and teaching artist, will present the completion of a OneWorld Classrooms Global Arts Residency, funded by an Edvestors grant. The initial phase of the project was completed at the James Otis Elementary School in East Boston. In collaboration with James Otis’ teachers, Cristina conducted a residency, which included teaching photography, to second and third grade students, in some cases, including SEI classroom setups. This project explored identity with the hopes of igniting cultural awareness through the camera. In the halls of the Otis School, The Global Arts Residency opened with OneWorld Classrooms’ Boston 140 exhibition. The artworks included, served as a resource for interdisciplinary lessons, and Google Earth tours, which explored culture, local and global citizenship, and visual arts. The residency will culminate with a permanent display, featuring photography created by participating students from The Otis School, in conjunction with artwork received through an Art Exchange with students' from schools around the world.
 
OneWorld Classrooms: Connecting Local and Global Students through Art

OneWorld Classrooms is an educational nonprofit that connects local and global K-12 students through the arts and technology to foster cross-cultural understanding and prepare young people for local and global citizenship in culturally diverse settings. In 2013, OneWorld Classrooms launched Boston 140, an exhibition of 120 pieces of K-12 student art from Greater Boston and 38 countries. The organization conducts Boston 140-based residencies at regional schools, hosts an online Student to Student Language Lab and runs a K-12 Global Art Exchange.
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Afghan Voices, Afghan Perspectives

The Global Arts Series in Partnership with

The Creativity Commons

The Diversity Council

The Global Center

The Institute for Art and Health

 

Presents: Afghan Voices, Afghan Perspectives

Professor Louise Pascale and Qais Akbar Omar

When: Thursday, February 6 from 5-6:30pm in Marran TheaterDoble Campus

Book Signing and Reception to Follow

Afghan Voices, Afghan Perspectives

We often hear about Afghanistan, although it is usually a story told from one perspective.  This unique presentation will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your understanding of Afghanistan and the Afghan people by hearing stories about Afghanistan that are told from various viewpoints.    Louise Pascale, Founder and Director of the Afghan Children’s Songbook Project, will share her story of living in Afghanistan in the late 60’s, returning 40 years later in 2009, and from this experience creating the Songbook Project for Afghan children.  Qais Akbar Omar, author of the acclaimed The Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story will share quite a different story.  He will relate his experience of escaping with his family from Afghanistan during the Civil War and Taliban occupation and finding his life’s work in carpet making and writing.  The program will also include the voices of Afghan students studying in the U.S.  This is an opportunity to go beyond the ‘single story’ to gain a broader perspective of the beauty of Afghanistan and its people.

About the Presenters

Dr. Louise Pascale, Associate Professor at Lesley University has worked for over 25 years in the field of arts and education.  Motivated by a long-held passion and concern for preserving traditional music, Louise has spent the last eight years directing The Afghan Children’s Songbook Project with the goal of preserving and redistributing traditional Afghan children’s songs that were almost entirely eradicated due to over twenty years of war and oppression in Afghanistan.  Today over 45,000 songbooks and teacher’s guides are distributed across

Qais Akbar Omar was born in Kabul in a time of relative peace. But in the wake of the Russian withdrawal and the bloody civil conflict that erupted, his family was forced to flee and take refuge in the legendary Fort of Nine Towers, a centuries-old palace in the hills on the far side of Kabul. On a perilous trip home, Omar’s account of his early years that became 8, is a highly acclaimed book published by Knopf Canada.(2013)  Qais now lives in Boston where he is enrolled in an MFA creative writing program at Boston University.

About the Global Arts Series

The Global Arts Series features arts based approaches initiated by Lesley University faculty and other international experts. In the global society in which we live, the arts open pathways to understanding and communication between peoples. In addition, the arts are channels for creativity and celebration mitigate the effects of stress and trauma and are known to facilitate innovative spaces for emotional release. The arts can provide people a tangible result for their efforts in a relative short time, actions that can take place through individual or collective effort. Join us to circumnavigate the globe using the arts as our compass for exploration!

Cold Water: The Women of Lira, Uganda

The Global Arts Series presents…
Cold Water: The Women of Lira, Uganda
with
Professor Julia Byers
University Hall Room 2-078, Porter Campus
Dr. Julia Byers will present her work and recent research, sponsored by a USF foundation grant, which provided psychosocial support for the women and girls of the town of Lira, Uganda.
Once nicknamed “the jewel of the north,” Lira is now struggling to recover from one of Africa’s longest-running civil wars. The near 20-year conflict was led by rebel guerilla and self-proclaimed “spokesperson of God,” Joseph Kony, whose Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) raided villages, burned homes, slaughtered civilians, and recruited child soldiers through abductions from the villages and schools of northern Uganda. Thousands of children were robbed of their childhood and, in many cases, of life itself. Boys and girls were turned into killers who became seared by the atrocities they saw and were forced to commit. Children as young as ten years old were taught to kill, often beginning with their own families. During the height of the war, an estimated 20,000 fled to Lira in search of safety from the threat of the LRA.
Dr. Byers has participated in international relief activities and interventions in humanitarian art therapy in over 16 countries around the world. She will present some of her findings in the voices of women's narratives. These women are leaders in helping local girls, orphans and abductees revive their sense of empowerment and achievement.
About the Presenter
Dr. Julia Byers is the Art Therapy Coordinator, Co-coordinator of the Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy, and Senior Advisor in the PhD Interdisciplinary Studies and Expressive Therapy programs at Lesley University, where she has been for 14 years.  Her research interests include working with many diverse international groups of people on topics of wellness, prevention, organizational consulting, creativity and innovation, and studio arts based inquiry. Julia has published many articles on humanitarian art therapy, excellence in teaching, crisis intervention and other related topics emphasizing the role of the arts for building empathy and hope within our complex global societies.
About the Global Arts Series
The Global Arts Series features arts based approaches initiated by Lesley University faculty and other international experts.  In the global society in which we live, the arts open pathways to understanding and communication between peoples. In addition, the arts are channels for creativity and celebration, mitigate the effects of stress and trauma and are known to facilitate innovative spaces for emotional release. The arts  can provide people a tangible result for their efforts in a relative short time, actions that can take place through individual or collective effort. Join us to circumnavigate the globe using the arts as our compass for exploration!

 

The Global Arts Series is sponsored by The Creativity Commons, The Global Center, and the Institute for Arts and Health at Lesley University.

Any questions, please contact Beth Chambers at echambe5@lesley.edu

Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom with Drama: Summary

Luncheon & Presentation by Dr. Charru Sharma on Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Charru Sharma is currently pursuing a Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Delhi, India, where she has taught for the last 18 years in the department of child development.

Some previous work to further explore her research may be found in the following locations

A paper Transforming Passive Indian Classrooms to Creative Learning Spaces through Creative Drama published for the Drama Research: International Journal of Drama in Education, DR Vol. 2 No. 1: April 2011.

A chapter titled Creative Drama for Humane Education: An Indian Experience published in 2007 in the book Universal Mosaic of Drama and Theatre: The IDEA 2004 Dialogues.

Invoking Creativity in Pedagogy through Creative Drama- a paper published in the book Excellence in Home Science: Contemporary Issues and Concerns, 2007.

Use of Creative Drama in the Development of Children- an article published in the ICCW (Indian Council for Child Welfare) Journal in 2002.

Creative drama for development of children in primary schools – a paper published in NCERT Journal, The Primary Teacher Vol. XXVIII Number 3, July 2003.

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Charru Sharru, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Gene Diaz, Ph.D. Associate Professor Lesley University