Artist-in-Residence and MA alumnus Munir Mohammed puts the final touches to a mural he created together with a band of 5 student "apprentices" at the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School as part of a Project Open Door residency at the school. The mural was developed around the school's motto of "Respect, Responsibility and Ready to Succeed." All the figures featured in the mural are actual Davies students. Project Open Door is a college access program housed in RISD's Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design and designed to provide teens, particularly those attending Rhode Island's urban high schools, with access to high quality art and design programming and instruction.
Paul Sproll, Professor and Department Head of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design was invited by MAT ’97 alumna Heidi Targee-Heid, a coordinating teacher at Stone Magnet Middle School in Melbourne, Florida to run a two-day professional development workshop for teachers June 5th & 6th. Professor Sproll’s workshop “STEAM: Art + Design as a Catalyst for Creative Thinking” introduced teachers to ideas and strategies that could be incorporated into teaching designed to leverage their students’ creative capacities. Sproll’s work with teachers was a professional development component of a three-year, $4 million Federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant awarded to support the development of Stone Middle School as a STEAM-themed Magnet School.
Aaron Chang, MAT '04, who is now an assistant principal in a California high school, was the first person to suggest I ought read Clara Lieu's book "Learn, Create, Teach: A Guide To Building a Creative Life" and as a result of his recommendation I bought the book, invited Clara to teach in Project Open Door - our college access program for urban teens - and to give this Spring semester talk in the Chace Auditorium, RISD Museum to TLAD graduate students and the RISD Community. Clara, who teaches in RISD's Division of Foundations Studies will return to work with Project Open Door next academic year as instructor for its Saturday Portfolio class.
Congratulations to Brian Hutcheson, MAT '07 on his recent nomination by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation for the 2014 Foundation of Art Award "Most days you can find Brian at the Charles Wright Academy, where he teaches drawing, gorilla art techniques and digital storytelling, among other creative topics. He also established a Martlet Press at Charles Wright Academy, a letterpress and book arts program." You can follow Brian's work on his blog http://www.bhutcheson.wordpress.com