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Re-imagining Relationships: Conference Conversations

How will we re-imagine our relationships to radically reconsider the work of arts in education?

We are a group ready to emerge as a major force in cultivating a safer, creative, vibrant, connected, future. How will we re-imagine our relationships, through space, time, and/or structure, in order to achieve this radical reconsideration of arts in education and what it can and should be?

Whether you are at the conference or following along, we invite you to share your reflections here.

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  1. Laurel Hart Permalink  | Oct 27, 2013 09:56pm

    The Teacher/Researcher as Contemporary Collaborative Artist

    I was excited and inspired by presenters who seemed to double as performers and contemporary collaborative artists. The work of “Flow” Kathleen M. Plows & her students at Malvern Preparatory School provided an exquisite example of the art teacher functioning as artist alongside her students. The insights provided by the boys were profound in their expressions of expanding boundaries and experiencing empathy and knowing the other in knew ways, yet discovering commonalities. (Some of these insights I recorded on the table and tweeted the photo @laurelmhart on twitter.) Through art, we as teachers, researchers, museum workers and more have the capacity to create new spaces that interrupt, (if even temporarily), the social constructs that surround us and keep us in our silos. Separated and confined, we are unable to know one another, learn from one another, or create together. We loose opportunities for creativity. Through collaborative art, we have the capacity to influence society. At the end of today, when asked to reflect on something that I have been taking for granted, I decided it was my capacity as a community facilitator and collaborative media artist, and the role this can play in my academic career. (For an example: I shared with several people the first iteration of a recent collaborative project I led in Montreal where I now live, the artifact of which can be viewed at )

    The practices exemplified in this conference (such as the collective stop motion animation project led by Karen Brennan) brought me to reconsider the role of myself as artist in relation to my work as teacher, researcher, and teacher educator. Additionally, I am excited by the possibility that artists, researchers and educators (myself navigating many roles) can collaborate with one another from whatever our present positions may be, bringing with us the resources that we have to further greater creative production, impact and insight for students and our societies.

    If anyone I met this weekend (or perhaps should have met) would like to explore some of these ideas further in the collaboration (now made readily possibly by technology), please don’t hesitate to email me at laurelhart@gmailcom or add me on Facebook:

    Together we can benefit from the knowledge and resources each of our different present positions provide (I am a PhD candidate in Art Education), and benefit from the insights that international and cross-cultural perspectives provide. I came to this conference searching to connect further with Art Education specialists, and I came away with amazement in the diversity of our field and the artistic ‘magic’ behind the work you all do.

    Thank you so much for welcoming me into your conference, your university, and your country.
    (P.S. Please forgive any mistakes, I am typing and posting in a hurry so as to get the ideas out and shared before the opportunity is missed.)

  2. Aliza Greenberg Permalink  | Oct 28, 2013 04:46pm

    I am doing a first pass at my conference reflections. I am sure there will be more and I look forward to the conversation that I hope will emerge here. I think what struck me most was the re-imagining of our keynote theme smashing silos. I think the ending consensus was that we need silos, but, as Gigi noted, we need to braid them together. That went hand in had for me with Pia Martin’s call for authenticity and transparency. Her assertion that we must be who we are and know every individual we teach (know your peanut) correlated very strongly for me with celebrating your silo while also braiding your silo. I think this was demonstrated so beautifully in Karen Brennan’s activity as well as the arts braided with technology to create a very dynamic artifact of our reflection. It brings me back to thinking about where I started when I thought about our theme: emergency. What do we bring to the table? How can we help? What is in our silo that our silo has been keeping safe (what is our hay that is not getting damaged by weather) that we can contribute? How do we keep it safe? How do we become more generous with it and creative and thoughtful and strategic with it? How will what is in our silo emerge and for what purpose?

  3. Ashley Hensel-Browning Permalink  | Oct 28, 2013 06:04pm

    The whirlwind of returning home after an inspiring and energizing weekend has hit hard, but I’m taking Joy’s command to reflect within 48 hours seriously and am happy to read the thoughts above. I find myself immediately finding ways to connect, re-imagine, and merge ideas from the conference to my work back home – a version of ROUNDS with students, the importance of sharing with a greater audience the process and product as seen by students performers and presenters, the value of in the moment art-making as seen with Karen Brennan’s activity and the session-made zine, so easily manipulated in the dance world. I am reminded not to fear the possibility of failing cheaply (and not to get stuck in expense failure) or of seeing failure as the latest “reiteration.” Even if our communal flip book had lacked the awe-inspiring POW that it hit us with, we still would have appreciated the attempt in some way, yes? I am committed to re-imagining my relationship with “putting it out there,” and encouraging my collaborators to do the same. I’m also feeling very grateful.

  4. Allison Procacci Permalink  | Nov 02, 2013 12:41pm

    Smashing Silos, incorporating transparency, authenticity and trust, is a notion that drives collaborative independence for one to re-imagine new relationships. This conference presented a series of opportunities to rethink one’s stance in a creative community. Individual thoughts, experiences, and processes in whatever venue, as an educator, artist, designer, and researcher must take hold to relish traditions while embracing the new. An example would be the marriage between ceramic vessels hosting a bar code technology to engage discussion that works as a concept. As a ceramic artist, the juxtaposition and marriage of tradition and new works real well. To re-imagine the relationship of a ceramic vessel embracing and engaging technology is taking the ceramic craft to a new plateau – a Re-imagined Relationship.

    The opportunity to suggest the importance of Installation Art with its emerging technologies and its significantly growing potential and impact on art, learning environments and professional design through a Pecha Kucha presentation was so appreciated – A Re-imagined Relationship – Thank you!

    Thank you to Aliza, Joy and Andrea – You did it again girls! Big thank you as well to Carissa, Joanne, Maura, Kirsten, Kassie, Rebecca, Vanity, Talia, Lauren and Lauren for making Re-imagining Relationships happen – Kudos!

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