The Interdependence Hexagon Project VII An International Arts Project Designed to Engage Youth in Real-World IssuesUsing the HEXAGON as Metaphor for Interconnectedness A small shape with BIG IDEAS
Presented byEmily Erickson Cook, NBCA, Art Teacher, NCBTand Amy Weiss, Global Perspectives Teacher South Middle School Arlington Heights, IL AndBeth Burkhauser,M.Ed,Chair, Hexagon Project Keystone College, La Plume, PA “Teaching and Learning for Global Understanding and Engagement” www.interdependencedaynepa.org
Presentation Goals1. Introduction and Description ( Beth)1. Exemplary Practices (Emily and Amy)2. Describe Diverse Teaching Strategies3. Invite Collaboration4. Host Questions, Comments, Survey www.interdependencedaynepa.org
The Themes and Content ofInterdependence “To create a memorable design you need to start with a thought that’s worth remembering” Thomas Manss
Interdependence Themes (Hexagon Project) DIVERSITY HUMAN RIGHTS of every person Freedom for and acceptance of We are one human family. Examine religious, ethnic, backgrounds, cult Consumerism vs. having enough ural identities, abilities. Being more vs. having more Personal and group dignity COMMONALITIES & IDENTITY Interdependence ENVIRONMENT We need a HavingEmpathy- Goals: We are similar and safe, sustainable 1. To see ourselves as citizens of share common global environment one civilized world, recognizing experiences. We can We are one responsibilities to the common connect to issues community goods and liberties of humankind that are We only have one as a whole. personal and local with earth to protect or 2. To explore these themes issues that are global. destroy through “activist” art-making CHILDREN GOVERNANCE TECHNOLOGY We need to protect We need to understand peoples’ rights Use positively andchildren’s rights and goods to govern themselves in a manner that ethically to create and insure they obtain allows them to flourish. Democratic informed global Health and education rights and responsibilities. communities
GlobalInterdependenceand Education: WhereHexagons Make theConnection “In this increasingly interdependent world, your ‘allies’ can hurt you as much as your ‘enemies’…..threaten you as much by collapsing, as by rising…how do we create healthy interdependencies so we rise together rather than unhealthy…so we fall together?” Thomas L. Friedman, NY Times 9/8/12
Interdependence Day History Interdependence Day was launched in Philadelphia on September 12, 2003 as a post 9/11 symbol of regeneration, as a time to reflect on the tragedy of the incidents of terror in the US and worldwide, and to ask, “What next?” It seemed critically important toArt by Student from Provo HS, Utah acknowledge the inevitability and significance of interdependence in our time, and set out to build constructively, and civilly, and culturally, a global civil society.
...the need for global cooperation and democracy…citizens without borders…… Co-Founders: Mrs. Sondra Myers Senior Fellow for International Civic and Cultural Projects University of Scranton www.interdependencedaynepa.or g Dr. Benjamin Barber, Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, Rutgers University and Senior Research Scholar, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC www.interdependence movement.org
WHY the HEXAGON? The Hexagon is a composition of complex relationships, interdependent lines, like bonds of human connection, strengthened in multiples into an endless network of connections. It maintains its own presence as a shape, symbol of light and life, yet structurally, destined to be part of a whole—a splendid architectural element, both natural and human-made, infinitely expandable……a metaphor for ourinterconnectedness
The ARTIST synthesizes, makes conclusions, takes a stand, must come to terms with content and materials, collaborates… …can change the world! …and so, too, Art by Student from Apex School, Nepalthe student artist-in- process!
The Hexagon Project …•Formulating Essential Questions, Big Ideas•Personal to Global Issues•21st Century Skills ( www.p21.org )•Overarching Themes•Interdisciplinary strategies•Empathy Student from Tunkhannock Area High School, PA
We live in an Interdependent World There are no more borders.We are all responsible. We all have commonalities.
Civic Responsibility All of us are global citizens. Responsibility Learn Appreciate About Diversity IntolerancePromote SolveTolerance Problems Together
Why is Global Education is here, but what is it?this soimportant Technology helpsfor us to eliminate ignoranceteach? through letting students explore their world.
How does this fit into The Hexagon Project … ? Educates about global awareness Assists in eliminating biases Promotes critical thinking
Who is in charge of the learning? STUDENTS!Students are in control of their own:TopicsResearchExpression of ideas through artworkWritten expression via the blog
Through images and words the artist creates a visual representation of their thoughts and feelings about these issues. Their works of art prompt us to ask questions, to confront the issues expressed and in many cases move us to action.
Art Goals for Student Achievement1. Identify a World Issue of Personal Significance2. Identify necessary elements to convey a message by considering imagery, color schemes, symbolism, text and media3. Create a Hexagon shaped work of art to demonstrate how works of art communicate and motivate the viewer4. Create an artist statement to reflect on their work of art.5. Exhibit their work both physically and digitally
Lesson/Unit PlansPart One:Single HexagonFocus on a Part Two:theme/issue Hexagon Book •Introductory PowerPoint Focus on solutions •Motivational videos •Research Packet Unit Created by Emily Erickson Cook, NBCT Art Teacher •Templates Amy Weiss, Global Perspectives Teacher South Middle School Arlington Heights, IL firstname.lastname@example.org
Part Two: Hexagon Book -Solutions Emily Erickson Cook, NBCT Art Teacher in collaboration with Amy Weiss, Global Perspectives Teacher South Middle School Arlington Heights, IL email@example.com
Digital Gallery and Interactive Blog To Post: http://www.weebly.com Log in username: firstname.lastname@example.orgCreated by Emily Erickson Cook, NBCT Art Teacher Password: cardinal in collaboration with Amy Weiss, Global Perspectives Teacher South Middle School To Comment: Arlington Heights, IL email@example.com http://www.thehexagonprojectblog.weebly.
Resources:•Facebook Page, Twitter, Google Drive, Artsonia, ArtEd2.0, NAEA Secondary and Middle Teachers Blogs (search “Hexagon Project”)•The Interdependence Handbook:Looking Back, Living the Present, Choosing the Future Edited by Sondra Myers and Benjamin R. Barber• essays, discussion questions• Declarations of Interdependence by UN, other groups
What is the Interdependence Hexagon Project?• Students, ages 10 - 18, create in any media using a downloadable hexagonal template as their format• Students respond to a relevant theme and do research• Students may work collaboratively or alone on one or multiple hexagons• Deadline for participation in the Exhibit in Scranton, PA is June 30• Online registration begins May 1 or before• Exhibit: September for Interdependence Month
Exhibit Opening on First Friday in September, Interdependence Month 2011: ArtWorks Gallery 2012: Library Express Music, hands-on workshops, interactive displays2013:• Chicago Area -Do Your P’ART Foundation• Virtually???
Global Recognition Events Scranton, PAChicago in 2013and….??? Butwal, Nepal