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Peace Project Update

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From: BJ Berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Sep 21 2001 - 07:13:07 PDT


To all interested participants:

A world-wide educational initiative has been proposed entitled,
BLANKET THE WORLD WITH PEACE - A COLLABORATIVE ELECTRONIC QUILT.

This project will be able to be shared in by as many schools or other
educational institutions as wish to take part. The basic plan is to
have each participant involved, submit original student artwork either
digitized or in hard copy format, that will then be scanned in, becoming
as a part of an electronic, clickable quilt. These squares would in
turn act as links to additional arts forms (music, prose, poetry, etc.),
that would also be portraying messages / themes revolving around the
necessity for peace in our world.

The growth in violence in today's
society, underscored by the horrific attacks on the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon and the plane crash in Pennsylvania on Tuesday,
September 11th, has been the impetus for this creation of a proactive
approach to promoting peace. Anna Martin, chair of EMIG, has taken the
first steps towards the formulation of this endeavor, and has discussed
the project at some length online with other educators
internationally. TAPPED IN (the Teacher's Professional Institute),
has provided several opportunities for these discussions to take place
on their website (http://www.tappedin.org). The next planning meeting
in TAPPED IN is Thursday, October 4, 9pm EDT/6pm PDT.

The following is the
initial draft of the proposal:

BLANKET THE WORLD WITH PEACE
A COLLABORATIVE ELECTRONIC QUILT

SECTION A PROJECT SUMMARY
The goal of the project is to provide educators with support in
developing and implementing a multidisciplinary curriculum that explores
how past and present artists, writers, and musicians have represented
peace and unity. Participants will build upon the past by developing
personal work based on this theme. The final product will be a web page
with links to a second level of materials. The opening screen will
consist of a graphic that simulates a simple quilt design. Each quilt
square should represent the general theme of Peace and Unity, and quilt
squares will be hyperlinked to information about the school or artist
who submitted the design. Information pages may include poetry, essays,
reports, and even music or video. The squares are positioned as
independent images in an HTML Table. A randomization program can be used
to rotate the position of the rows of squares in order to provide
equitable exposure for each submission.

Teachers who participate will receive a packet containing an overview of
the project, lesson plans, resources, and guidelines for submissions.
Submissions will not be juried, but a review panel will assure that they
meet project guidelines.

SECTION B NEEDS ASSESSMENT
General Statement:
The arts enable individuals to share their understanding of enduring
human concerns. The arts communicate through myths, metaphors, and
images that represent these concerns and are part of our cultural
heritage. The need for peace and unity crosses boundaries of time and
place, and peace and unity is represented in the art and literature of
many cultures. We would like to help teachers and students to learn
about this heritage by creating a collaborative project that explores
international representations of the theme.

SECTION C GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The overall goal of the proposed project is to guide students to examine
the historical and cultural sources for representations of peace and
unity.

Objectives include the following:

1. Teachers will gain experience in using innovative technologies by
participating in virtual conferences at the TAPPEDIN Virtual
Professional Development Center. They will use the conference center to
meet, plan, and promote the project."

2. A group of interested teachers will develop a packet of lesson
materials (see sample lesson plan) and resource list based on the theme
of peace, and the curriculum concept of unity in design.

3. Teachers will present the lesson materials to their students.

4. Teachers and students will document results by displaying work on the
collaborative web page.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Program Components
1. A resource packet of Lesson Materials will be developed by a
committee consisting of EMIG members and other interested educators.
Copies of the packets will be created as needed."

2. The project will be promoted and publicized via the NAEA News, an
article in the NAEA Journal (?), TAPPED IN, the INSEA Newsletter, and
other publications. Requests will be sent to the Denmark-Olar Teen Life
Center. Packets will be disseminated to teachers and others on request.

3. Teachers will receive technical support for using simple graphics
software, photographing work, and designing web pages from EMIG
volunteer representatives and business partners. Work may be submitted
to EMIG for scanning or photographing on the basis of need. Schools may
received technical assistance in developing a web page based on
competitive proposals.

4. Teachers and artists will send completed squares and links to the
Teen Life Center for screening and formatting"

5. The final result will be displayed as a constantly changing web page.

6. The project will be presented at an NAEA session in March, and will
be updated as entries arrive.

Budget:
Salaries: Clerical support, technical support
Copying and printing of resource packets
Postage and handling of packets
Travel
Equipment

As you can see, a lot of time and planning has already taken place in
the framing of this proposal. There is still much to be done, including
obtaining funding and forming committees to design and distribute
materials. The next planning meeting will be held in TAPPED IN
(http://www.tappedin.org) on Thursday, October 4, 9pm EDT/6pm PDT.
Please join us and help 'blanket the world with peace.' Contribute
your lesson plans for the sample packet.

You may have noted in reading the information presented above that the
project will be presented at the NAEA Conference in March. Additional
information can be obtained by contacting the following individuals:

Anna Martin (EMIG) at: acmartin5@earthlink.com

BJ Berquist (TAPPED IN) at: bjb@tappedin.org

Kevan Nitzberg (AEM / Artsconnected / art-themagazine.com) at:
knitzber@ties.k12.mn.us

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