Fate2011 Panel on "Excavating Kindness, Caring, and Cooperation"
NOTE: the two videos may be available on YouTube under 9tle of individual presenta9on FATE 2011 • St. Louis Excavating Kindness, Caring and Cooperation In Contemporary Art Theory Dr. Lori Kent • Moderator firstname.lastname@example.org Jane Hesser Laura Ruby Rhode Island School of Design Rick Salaﬁa University of Hawai’i email@example.com Kutztown University of firstname.lastname@example.org Pennsylvania salaﬁa@kutztownedu
Jane Hesser RISD, Photography (RISD) and Clinical Social Work (Simmons) , teaches of 2D and “Psychology of the arts. Jane Hesser is an artist, psychotherapist and teacher with ten years of experience teaching art and design at the college level. She has taught at Brown University, Montserrat College of Art and The Rhode Island School of Design. Jane combines her interests in psychology, art and education in her writing and presentations. She also teaches a popular psychology course during the summers at RISD, in which students earn liberal arts credit while a major portion of the coursework is studio based. Her current focus of study is the relationship between empathy and the teaching and learning of critical thinking skills, especially as this relates to the process of critique. Her clinical focus is on group work and womens mental health.
Jane Hesser: A Supremely Kind Moment I volunteer for a non‐proﬁt called Girls Rock! in which girls between the ages of 11 and 18, who have liEle or no musical experience, learn how to play an instrument of their choice, form a band and play a concert over the course of one week. The major goals are to foster empowerment, cri9cal thinking skills related to social inﬂuence and the media and to help girls build self esteem. Last summer I coached a band of ﬁve girls. The drummer was very quiet and 9mid, the bassist was au9s9c and struggled with social skills, the singer was afraid to speak into the microphone for the ﬁrst three days. One guitarist was quiet and shy and the other was conﬁdent, outgoing and expressive. An interes9ng mix. All week long the twelve year old guitarist was inﬁnitely pa9ent, kind, generous of spirit and helped her band‐mates come out of their shells and work together. She coached them emo9onally and lead through example. She wrote a great song and carried more than her share of the the work load. When it was 9me for the big show, with everyone they knew and a packed hall of strangers cheering them on, the 11 year old singer developed paralyzing stage fright. The band communed, literally put their arms around her as she cried and ﬁgured out a way to go on. The guitarist would sing and play the song at the same 9me. With some help, the singer gathered up enough courage to sit near the stage and watch. At the very end of the song, with one chorus leV to go, the guitarist, who had been quiet all week long, looked at the singer, siWng below the stage and smiled. The singer ran on stage, the guitarist who had been singing quickly stepped aside, and the singer ﬁnished the song. The crowd went wild. There was not a dry eye in the place, and everyone involved was changed forever by ﬁve liEle girls.
Jane Hesser (via pre-recorded video)The Role of Empathy in the Teaching of Critical Thinking Skills in Foundation-Level ArtEducation
Rick Salafia • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Rick SalaﬁaAssociate Professor of Foundations, Kutztown UniversityS culptor, Rutgers MFA, Father of two teenagers …kind to me. A kind moment: when i was a senior in high school i took my ﬁrst art class. the ﬁrst day we went outside to draw a large tree in front of the school. when i was done my teacher looked at it for a moment in silence, then looked at me and said where have you been for four years? years later i found the drawing and realized how incredibly kind and generous he had been to me.
Rick SalaﬁaThe Self Selection Bias: Fostering the Collaborative Instinct (see link below) hEp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXCeshATP0E
Laura Ruby• Department of Art University of Hawai’i
Laura Rubyis the 2008 recipient of the Hawaiÿi Individual Artist Fellowship (the highest honor in the visual arts). Her prints and sculptures have been shown in national and international solo, juried and invitational exhibitions. Some of her artworks are: her Nancy Drew Series, about the art of art-making and the art of detection; her ongoing Diamond Head Series which currently has over 60 prints, drawings and site-speciﬁc installation sculptures, and is about land and power in Hawaiÿi–about the exploitation of land, and its resources and people and their livelihoods; her “Image and Word” series; and her upcoming “I’m Always Thinking of Chaucer” series May 1 about the conjunction of The Canterbury Tales, jazz and art- making. She also has large commissioned site-speciﬁc sculptures, among them Chinatown–Site of Passage. She has taught art at the University of Hawaii since 1977, and she recently edited the book, Mo‘ili‘ili–The Life of a Community, and is currently working on a book entitled Honolulu Town.
a kinder gentler art theory and critical practice: the circle model