Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ascend Garden

Matthew brought me to the Ascend Garden, a Love Cultivating Schoolyards project, where I helped him harvest tomatoes. The garden is looking so good! In it's 3rd year now it's really coming together.
Check out the new fence. Maybe the youngsters won't be as tough on the garden during recess now that there is a fence for the playground balls to bounce off of.
A new mural by Refa 1, done during Oakland Peace Camp 2009.
Vertical gardening with style!

Big ups to Jackson Porretta for all his vision and advocacy. And of course props to Matthew Linzner for holding it down!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Teen Peer HIV Prevention Drama

Red Hook Initiative works to confront and affect the consequences of intergenerational poverty with the belief that social change comes from within individuals.

I facilitated a workshop for the Peer Health Educators, helping them integrate more audience participation aspects into their dramatic presentations for HIV Prevention.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Imprisoned by Concepts of Manhood

Freeing the Man Behind Bars
Presented by Evan Hastings, Suraya Keating & Nicki Koethner at the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association's Annual Conference at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
The workshop was based on our work as Theatre for Change, facilitating Drama Therapy groups for men incarcerated for violent crimes within the Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP) at San Francisco County Jail. The theatre work was informed by the theories of manalive. By examining these issues through a variety of activities, participants engaged in a dialogue about the use of expressive arts in correctional facilities.
...unmasking the mask in masculinity

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Project Zero @ Harvard

Asks Ellen in her accordion book journal during our study group.

I just finished a week as a Faculty Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero Classroom Institute. It was an honor to co-facilitate with Todd and Arzu (pictured below).

We worked with the participants of our group, who were mostly art teachers, to help them develop a focussed inquiry question about their practice that they can continue investigating as they return to their professional practice.We used Studio Habits of Mind and Making Learning Visible frameworks to support our work.
What a rich exchange with other professionals in the field. And the dialogue continues on Study Group J Blog