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Project Title

The Giving Back Hope Commemorative Art Project

Presentation Type

Video (Electronic Copy Not Available)

Project Summary

Each semester, I work to develop a community engagement project that serves to anchor the academic learning with the practical realities of engaged work through the arts in our community. My course titled, Issues and Theories in Art Education, is based on how art educators can be leaders in social justice and be activists for change and to support marginalized populations in our communities. Students will read, discuss, and then participate in a hands-on project as a class. Over the last year, my students and I have worked with the House of Hope, a two-year transitional housing program in Waterloo that serves to help empower homeless women to care for their families independently and successfully. The House of Hope has been raising funds and building a new facility in order to increase the amount of families this organization can serve. My art education students and I designed and created a large mosaic mural with the mothers depicting, through the use of objects, what the women have gained at the House of Hope and can symbolically give back by placing the objects in a mosaic tile to be connected with other tiles to represent what the House of Hope has helped them build. The mosaic tile pieces will be placed together to create a collaborative art piece to be displayed in the new building this summer. We have completed two workshops with moms who are demonstrating characteristics of success and showing signs of moving on to independent living. We hope to invite the participant mothers back in years to come to celebrate their successes and remind them how far they’ve come since they first arrived at the House of Hope through this commemorative wall art. The piece will also serve as inspiration for new mothers as they arrive at the House of Hope as well to teach my art education students how art can be a tool to empower others in expressing important strides in their lives and to celebrate their resilience. This project was developed to empower art educators to tackle important issues in our community through community engaged art making and work to better understand some of the issues their future students and their families face.

Start Date

19-4-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

19-4-2018 10:30 AM

Event Host

UNI Office of Undergraduate Studies

Department

Department of Art

Department/Center/Organization

House of Hope

Award Category

Social Justice Award (Theme-Based)

Award Category

Service Learning/Live Client Project Award (Curricular)

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Apr 19th, 9:00 AM Apr 19th, 10:30 AM

The Giving Back Hope Commemorative Art Project

Each semester, I work to develop a community engagement project that serves to anchor the academic learning with the practical realities of engaged work through the arts in our community. My course titled, Issues and Theories in Art Education, is based on how art educators can be leaders in social justice and be activists for change and to support marginalized populations in our communities. Students will read, discuss, and then participate in a hands-on project as a class. Over the last year, my students and I have worked with the House of Hope, a two-year transitional housing program in Waterloo that serves to help empower homeless women to care for their families independently and successfully. The House of Hope has been raising funds and building a new facility in order to increase the amount of families this organization can serve. My art education students and I designed and created a large mosaic mural with the mothers depicting, through the use of objects, what the women have gained at the House of Hope and can symbolically give back by placing the objects in a mosaic tile to be connected with other tiles to represent what the House of Hope has helped them build. The mosaic tile pieces will be placed together to create a collaborative art piece to be displayed in the new building this summer. We have completed two workshops with moms who are demonstrating characteristics of success and showing signs of moving on to independent living. We hope to invite the participant mothers back in years to come to celebrate their successes and remind them how far they’ve come since they first arrived at the House of Hope through this commemorative wall art. The piece will also serve as inspiration for new mothers as they arrive at the House of Hope as well to teach my art education students how art can be a tool to empower others in expressing important strides in their lives and to celebrate their resilience. This project was developed to empower art educators to tackle important issues in our community through community engaged art making and work to better understand some of the issues their future students and their families face.