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Re: Christian Art?

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Wendy Ellen Cochran (wcochra)
Tue, 12 Mar 1996 08:13:41 -0800 (PST)

Face of the Gods was here in Berkeley and we had many wonderful
performances around the altars. I teach all this African Diaspora stuff
in the context of dance...I always have the religious overtones I have to
deal with...but I do is important stuff for these kids to know.I
have wonderful resources around all this material. Robert Farris
Thompson's publishings would astound your students in art...look through

wendyellen wcochra

On Mon, 11 Mar 1996 KatCascio wrote:

> Samantha,
> It seems to me that we're missing an awful lot of history and culture if
> we're not allowed to teach ABOUT such things. We (The Southeast Center for
> Education in the Arts) are actually running into problems with a
> multi-disciplinary unit on Ancient Greece we're developing because teachers
> say they can't teach Greek myths because they are religious. I'm not sure
> what concept of the past today's students will have without some of these
> foundations. Granted, I wouldn't want a religion pushed on students as THE
> way to live but I'm not opposed to their being exposed to world religions.
> I gave a tour last year of the FACE OF THE GODS: ART AND ALTARS OF AFRICA
> AND THE AFRICAN-AMERICAS at the museum in Montgomery, Alabama where I worked
> as part of the education department. The artist of one altar used common
> Christian symbols to represent gods from their own religion. I asked the
> kids if they recognized the sculpture in the center of the woman in the blue
> robe and no one even had a guess. Here is an instance when knowing something
> ABOUT Christianity would have served the students well.
> Kathryn Cascio, Assistant Director
> The Southeast Institute for Education in the Visual Arts