The Global Art Series: The Unfinished Business of Truth and Reconciliation within South Africa

Topic: The Unfinished Business of Truth and Reconciliation within South Africa : Re/Imagining the role of Theatre for Change within an African context
Time: Thursday December 12th, 4 – 5.00 pm
Location: Creativity Commons: University Hall, 3-043 (1815 Massachusetts Ave)
Please RSVP to Beth Chambers
echambe5@lesley.edu

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

About the program
Despite South Africa’s celebrated model of national reconciliation through the revelation of truth, the showpiece democracy finds itself so close to its twentieth birthday neither reconciled nor free of the legacy of its dark past. However exemplary and untiring an enterprise, the truth and reconciliation model might have been, its lack of a fundamental process of social transformation leaves it an unfulfilled and incomplete project.This ‘unfinished business’ of the  truth and reconciliation commission in South Africa highlights the role of the arts as an indispensable catalyst for healing and transformation in the process of transition. This presentation will look at ways that the arts speak back to the unfinished business of societies committed to social change and how  they can support a sustainable healing within a context of trauma.

About the Presenter
Warren Nebe,  is the founder and director of Drama for Life Program at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg,South Africa. Nebe is the 2013 recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Wits Transformation Award and the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship. He is the Director of Themba Interactive -Initiatives for Life,  a theater director, a senior lecturer, a HPCSA and NADT registered drama therapist and a Fulbright alumni. Deputy Vice-Chancellor  and Principal of Wits University, Professor Tawana Kupe, called Warren Nebe's work at and for Drama for Life "outstanding" in its transformative qualities. Drama for Life has been acclaimed for its "decisive break with traditional knowledge production trends in the humanities."

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!

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The Global Art Series Presents: Americans in Paris: Two Women and Two Worlds

Please join The Creativity Commons December 10th with Martha McKenna

Topic: Americans in Paris: Two Women and Two Worlds
Time: December 10th 5 – 6:30pm
Location: Creativity Commons: University Hall, 3-043 (1815 Massachusetts Ave)
Website: www.thecreativitycommons.org

Paris has long been a haven for American artists, particularly women artists, who have found their voice and developed their craft in a society supportive of their talents.  Two such artists, a century apart, succeeded in developing revolutionary subject matter, style and technique in their printmaking and painting in the creative atmosphere of Paris.  In this session, we will explore Mary Cassatt’s series The Ten, scenes of a day in the life of a 19th Century Parisian woman, and Faith Ringgold’s The French Collection, fictional stories placing women and African American in Paris of the 1920’s to celebrate their significant contributions to society. Focusing on the use of narratives, both the narrative described within the work and that of the artist’s life, we will explore Mary Cassatt’s unique subject matter of the everyday life of women and will also examine the meaning and significance of The Ten for its contribution to the history of art and the role of Cassatt in opening doors for women artists in the 20th Century. Just as the Philadelphia artist Mary Cassatt traveled to Paris to find a supportive environment in which to create her art, the New Yorker Faith Ringgold made a similar journey in the 1990s to create The French Collection.  Her series of twelve quilts tell the story of a fictional African-American woman who traveled to Paris in the 1920s to develop as an artist and found herself among the great artistic and literary figures of Europe and America.   This series of fairy tale quilt stories is a remaking of history, placing African American male and female leaders at the salon of Gloria Stein, the studios of Picasso and Matisse, and the cafes of Paris.  The Ten, with its bright colors and playful themes draw our attention to the quilts, yet on a more careful analysis of the images and descriptive text we discover a deeper message.  Faith Ringgold reminds us of the critical role of feminists and African American leaders, whose stories have long been overlooked in our society, who finally are celebrated in The French Collection.

About the Presenter
Martha Barry McKenna is University Professor and Director of the Creativity Commons at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  As University Professor she teaches courses in the history and philosophy of the arts, creativity and aesthetic education.  She directs the Creativity Commons to support faculty and doctoral students from across the university in engaging in creative exploration of innovation in teaching and learning.  She also oversees the Cambridge Creativity Commons designed to engage students and teachers in the Cambridge Public Schools in exploring creative ideas  and solutions to critical issues in society.  A lecturer for the Worcester Art Museum, Dr. McKenna has created lectures, workshops and curriculum material for teachers and the broader public to access the museum’s collection.  She is Past President of the Board of Arts/Learning and serves on the Advisory Board of the Arts Education Partnership in Washington, D.C. where she chairs their Higher Education Working Group and authored the recent national report Working Partnerships: Professional Development of the Arts Teaching Workforce.  Among her publications are Teaching for Aesthetic Experience: The Art of Learning and Make Way for Ducklings for Orchestra and Narrator: Curriculum Guide. Dr. McKenna holds a doctorate in Music, the Arts, and Humanities from Columbia 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!

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The Invention of Knowledge: Art Bardige

Please join The Creativity Commons December 3rd with Art Bardige for a Creative Conversation!

Topic: Connecting Art and Science

Time: December 3rd 6 – 8 pm

Location: Creativity Commons: University Hall, 3-043

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 In my new book Elegantly Simple: On the Future of Knowledge, I describe a connection between the arts and sciences across history that unites what C. P. Snow called the ‘Two Cultures’ and suggests a revolutionary view of a future of education based on creativity.

I spend most of my day as an educator designing and developing software to enable students to learn. After teaching physics, science, and math for 6 years, making educational films, and other odds and ends. I started my first educational software business in 1980 and am now working on my third startup, Sustainablearning. While I may play the roles of designer and entrepreneur, I see myself as an educator. My mission is and has long been to revolutionize education through technology enabling every kid to learn to her or his dream. It is in this role that I designed and developed this work.

 

 

Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom with Drama

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

The presentation will focus on Dr. Sharma's work in using drama for empowerment of children and adults. She will describe her educational journey, from identifying the transformative experiences of children engaging in dramatic play in schools to her subsequent research on the impact of drama on the social and cognitive development of children. She will also share her work using theater to address social concerns within communities in India.

About the presenter:

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. Dr. Sharma's research focuses on the impact of creative drama in the social and cognitive development of elementary school children in state-run schools in Delhi. Building on this research, Dr. Sharma is exploring throughout this fellowship year the integration of drama in teacher education programs to enable teachers to use dramatic skills in the classrooms to address social issues, such as poverty and homelessness in their communities. Dr. Sharma has served as a consultant for many nonprofit organizations and educational institutions throughout India and is currently working on two publications focusing on the use of drama to enhance social and cognitive development of all children.

University Hall, Room 3-043
1815 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Please RSVP to Michael Donnor, mdonnor@lesley.edu, to reserve a place and lunch.

Cost: Free

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Presented on October 7 2013: The Vienna Project, Dr. Karen Frostig

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We were excited to showcase the work of Dr. Fostig at The Creativity Commons. The memorial open on October 23, 2013 at the Oden Theatre in Vienna. The project axiom “What happens when we forget to remember?” delivers a fresh message about history that is in keeping with the historic record, while making memory visible on the streets of Vienna. Developed as a participatory and generative model of collective remembrance, the memorial contains three focal points:
Please read below for more information on an the incredible important project and view the project website here http://theviennaproject.org/

Press Release
New Interactive Memorial in Vienna Commemorating the 75th Anniversary Year of 1938
BOSTON/VIENNA, 1. October 2013–Karen Frostig, artist, writer, professor and
granddaughter of Austrian Holocaust victims is Founding President of a new social
action memorial project The Vienna Project. The memorial opens on October 23, 2013
at the Odeon Theatre, featuring the Vienna Philharmoniker’s ensemble “The
Philharmonics,” with poetry readings by Robert Schindel and a performance by Sandra
Selimovic, followed by video projections by students at the University of Applied Arts
Vienna onto the Danube Canal. The project unfolds over the next six months as a series
of public installations, closing on 8. May 2014 in The Augarten. The Vienna Project is a
new memory project about National Socialism, which embodies art, technology, history
and education. Its honorary board includes Nobel Laureates Elie Wiesel and Walter
Kohn, who were also survivors of the Holocaust, Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat,
named Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-
Era Issues under the Clinton Administration, Wolfgang M. Paul, former Austrian
Ambassador to Israel, the President of Bard College Leon Botstein, and Harvard
University Cabot Professor of Social Ethics Herbert C. Kelman. Project partners
include the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien (IKG), the Jewish Welcome Service, the
University of Applied Arts, the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, the Wien
Museum, the Jewish Museum Wien, and the Wiesenthal Institute.

Sidewalk Math Ceremony!

Sidewalk Math just had its unveiling ceremony at The Fletcher Maynard Academy in Cambridge! A wonderful day to celebrate the partnership of Art Bardige and The Creativity Commons at Lesley University all working to bring Math, Learning, and Art to our children on the sidewalks throughout Cambridge! And a big thanks to LUCAD's Ryan McQuade who designed all of the projects branding and templates in order to make the artwork on the sidewalks of Cambridge!

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