IV. Soundwaves

Eun Lee, Executive Director, The Dream Unfinished

The Dream Unfinished is an activist orchestra which uses classical music as a platform to engage dialogues around issues of social and racial justice. Join The Dream Unfinished’s Executive Director, Eun Lee, as she shares highlights from the orchestra’s recent season on environmental activism, examples from other organizations of student-centered responses towards environmental issues, and sample activities and creative extensions to implement with students in visual art and music settings.

III. Practice Protecting: Introducing Civic Engagement to Children Through Art-Making

Mackie Saylor, School & Community Programs Manager, Children’s Museum of the Arts

In this hands-on workshop, participants will examine the process and outcomes of CMA’s CIVICKIDS, a year-long engagement campaign connecting schools, organizations, and families around the world in civic issues through art. As our 30th anniversary approached in 2018, CMA saw children grappling with big questions that included environmental and social justice topics. We felt a renewed responsibility in our role as artists and educators to find the tools and language needed to address these concerns. In this workshop, participants will explore how CMA’s pedagogy Look, Make, Share functioned as both an art-making process and a tool for inquiry, discussion, and civic action. Participants will learn how CMA programmed projects, connected with national and international partners, and held over 40 CMA CIVICKIDS engagement outposts across the 5 boroughs. Participants will directly apply these techniques by experimenting with CIVICKIDS projects, and they will examine how their own practice as arts leaders can begin meaningful conversations through art-making.

II. Water, Power and We

Lynn Neuman, Director, Artichoke Dance Company

This experimental workshop will use individual movement and collective activities to model how water gains force and momentum. These activities mirror the creative process utilized to create the performance work Overflow, which investigates the nature and impacts of Hurricane Sandy. They also engage in Artichoke Dance’s unique approach to contemporary partnering, requiring a balance of strength and sensitivity. These experiences, in doing and viewing, serve as content for examining interconnected systems and effective collaborative action. We will also explore curricular connections with sciences, humanities, technology, geology, and urban planning. Participants will walk away with both exercises and ideas for further development in their classroom.

I. Eco-Theater: Modeling Climate Justice Through Practice and Programming

Lanxing Fu and Jeremy Pickard, Co-Directors, Superhero Clubhouse

Lanxing Fu and Jeremy Pickard, co-directors of Superhero Clubhouse, share their holistic approach to building climate-focused art, community, and curriculum using the tools of theater. In this interactive session, participants will learn how Superhero Clubhouse creates structures for cross-disciplinary collaboration, incorporates climate justice into organizational frameworks, and leads projects like the Big Green Theater eco-playwriting program for public elementary schools. Participants will practice some of the core tools of eco-theater (Impossible Questions, Imposed Limitations, Tangible Hope) and consider how these tools may apply to their own work.