Open host Darren Jaime sits down with Founder and CEO of Cultural Innovation Group, Durrell Cooper (EDTC, MA and current EdD student) to talk about his organization’s mission to empower communities through art, civic, and community engagement. View the video clip here.
Last April, at the 15th annual Forum: Performance as Activism, I was heartened to meet practitioners, artists, educators and scholars from around the globe who were enthusiastically engaged in using the art form of theatre to address pressing social and cultural issues. This edition of ArtsPraxis includes fourteen inspiring and pertinent articles that report on activist theories and practices that have been initiated, explored and successfully implemented in communities and classrooms.
At the Forum, we asked, “How is activism defined or redefined in 2018?” Through panel discussions, workshops, performances and paper presentations we explored how activism can disrupt, subvert and transform dominant social and political narratives. More than sixty presenters from twelve different countries relayed inspirational and revelatory methods towards the goal of promoting enduring social change through aesthetic expression. In this global space of open dialogue and exchange, we, as activists learned about organizational methods, pedagogical tools, aesthetic devices that, in responding to the complexities of our time, push past boundaries and binaries to redefine cultural innovation.
I hope that you will be inspired by the following theories and practices offered in this volume, ranging from the metamodern to dialogical activism to personal resilience, and surrounded by artistic innovation.
This issue of ArtsPraxis is available for download.
Volume 5 Issue 2 March 2019
Editorial by Nancy Smithner
NYU Keynote, 2018 by Ping Chong
Deaf Talent: Richness within Our Stories by James W. Guido
Ximonïk: The Unbound Performances of Maya Women’s Group Ajchowen by Chelsea Hackett
Energize, Resist, Re-Purpose: An American Theatre Responds by Penelope Cole
From the School to the Educating Community: Practices of Social Theatre in Italy as a New Form of Activism by Giulia Innocenti Malini
Leaping into the Disassociated Space: Unknowing Activism, Agency and Youth Identity in “Notes From Nowhere” by Gustave Weltsek and Clare Hammoor; Illustrator: Kylie Walls
Beyond the Wall: Borderland Identity through Puppets by Ana Diaz Barriga
Inday Dolls: Body Monologues and Lullabies for Freedom in Prison: Scripting Possible Futures in Justice Art in Iloilo’s Correctional System by Ma Rosalie Abeto Zerrudo and Dennis D. Gupa
Media Practice and Theatre in Conversation: Co-Creating Narratives for Positive Social Change by Jackie Kauli and Verena Thomas
by Jamie Cacciola-Price, EdD Student and Astor Program Assistant
Over 10 days during late July and early August, the Astor Fellows, under the program direction of Dr. Philip Taylor, explored “Arts Education Down Under” in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. The program offered Fellows, a select group of 12 NYC Dept. of Education arts teachers, the opportunity to explore cultural staples of the country, such as seeing Cosi fan Tutti at The Sydney Opera House, a visit to Taronga Park Zoo, a picnic at Hanging Rock, an “Aussie Rules Footy” game, and a play at Melbourne Theatre Company.
Fellows also shared rich learning experiences through secondary and primary school visits, and teacher training opportunities through The Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne University. A particular area of interest was Australian Aboriginal history, presented by NYU Sydney, which shared many similarities to Native American history. Teaching artists and organizations, such as Ausdance, offered an inside look into the cultural dances and practices of indigenous peoples. Another highlight was being able to witness innovative teaching practices, such as the Kathy Walker Play-Based Learning Method, being utilized in a primary school setting at Noble Park Primary School, which serves a large population (88%) of ESL and immigrant students.
Overall, the trip was an incredible enriching experience both from an artistic and educational lens. Please visit the NYU Arts Educator blog for a complete itinerary, educator resources, and a daily journal of the activities and learning experiences of the Astor Fellows while down under.