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Arts exchange among schools

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Joel Plotkin (joel)
Mon, 02 Mar 1998 14:07:09 -0500


Arts teachers:
An announcement about a soft-cover book which should be of some
interest:

Drawing Our Worlds Together

A New Publication from The Group for Cultural Documentation

Drawing Our Worlds Together, a new publication by The Group for Cultural
Documentation (TGCD), describes a yearlong cultural exchange project
among three diverse groups of youngsters in Arizona, Vermont, and
Mississippi.

This 96 page overview of the Young Person's Cultural Exchange Program
(YPCEP) includes a 32 page gallery of full-color reproductions of almost
100 works of art by participating youngsters from Old Pascua Youth
Artists of Tucson, AZ; Mississippi Cultural Crossroads of Port Gibson,
MS; and the Weybridge Elementary School of Weybridge, VT. Drawing Our
Worlds Together also provides a complete description of the project's
planning sessions, classroom and after school implementation, and art
and visit exchanges, along with in-depth program assessment, impact
evaluation, and replication guidelines.

Characterized by careful attention to cultural similarities and
differences among Yaqui Indian, African-American, and white students,
the YPCEP absorbed the youngsters and their adult staff for a year of
intense art making, interpretive dialogue, art appreciation and sharing
among all three sites. Oversight and project guidance by TGCD added a
dimension unusual to arts education -- that of careful and continuing
attention to strategic management and human resource issues among the
diverse staff through team planning meetings and frequent phone and
written interaction.

The exciting pilot project, combining arts excellence and interactive
teamwork, will be of interest to community-based artists, educators,
youth workers, and others concerned with cultural diversity. Copies of
the picture-filled “how-to” book can be obtained by sending check or
money order for $10 per copy plus $3 postage and handling to TGCD at 117
Ingraham St, NW; Washington, DC 20003. Orders will be processed within
10 business days.

For further information, TGCD can also be reached by phone
(202-882-7764), fax (202-829-6814), or e-mail (freeroland).