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Summer Teachers' Institute 2018: "Windows into Other Times and Places: Explore a World of Art and Performance"

Tue, June 5, 2018 | UT Campus - TBD

June 12-15, 2018
UT Austin campus

In a continuation of last summer’s focus on interdisciplinary education (STEM and Social Studies in 2017), we turn this summer to examining the links between social studies and art education. Social studies offers knowledge of human experiences, while art has the power to animate intimate understandings of human experiences.  Art, as a way of knowing, presents a comprehension that the facts and abstractions of social studies cannot always reveal.

When students have the opportunity to study artworks from other cultures and time periods, they can easily see how art reveals the values of society and how the arts have been influenced by a society’s social, political, and economic practices. An art object reflects the historic time and cultural context of its creation.  Materials and production techniques indicate geographic environment and societal structure.  Aesthetic choices reveal philosophic or religious beliefs.  Students can also recognize the power and potential of art for shaping attitudes and values.  Creative expression can be used to sooth viewers and audiences into complacency, urge patriotic fervor, enrage against injustice, or inspire spiritual devotion.  The arts are a living expression, an empowered and empowering voice of a society, molding society as well as reflecting it.

Arts integration is not a new concept.  Brain research suggests that learning (both the retention of factual information and the development of critical thinking skills) is enhanced by rich context and multisensory instruction.  Integrating arts into the social studies curriculum is an excellent way to allow students with diverse learning modalities to become more effective learners.  But the arts can welcome a diverse student body in other ways as well.  The arts reflect the unique cultural perspectives of diverse cultures and illuminate migration patterns and cultural interactions.  Because artists respond to and impact the societies in which they live and create, the arts provide a window into other times and places. Learning about diverse cultures through their arts can help to explode stereotypes.

The Institute speakers and activities will address general teaching requirements that encourage the use of rich primary and secondary source material, such as songs and artworks.  The Institute will focus on other standards under the “culture” themes, to examine the relationship that exists between the works of art and the societies in which they are produced; and how artistic expressions also transcend boundaries and convey universal themes such as religion, justice, and the passage of time.

Registration and more information available soon!

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute; Center for European Studies; Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies; Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; and the Center for Global Business/CIBER

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