Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage
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In this program, students explore how African art relates to the environment, as well as to social, ceremonial and economic life. Teaching artists inspire students to use their imaginations and observational skills to engage with unfamiliar art. In this tw- workshop series, students discover the significance of symbols and patterns in African art, while making masks or Kente cloth of their own. Schools can also opt to take an artist-guided tour of a New York City museum, offering students first-hand experience with African art.
Nicole Haroutunian is a teaching artist, writer, curator, and museum educator who works with venerable institutions across New York City. An accomplished writer, she recently published Speed Dreaming, a short story collection. Additionally, her story “Youse” won the 2013 Center for Fiction Annual Short Story Contest. Ms. Haroutunian holds a B.A. in Studio Arts from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.
Misha McGlown is a multifaceted artist, curator, and educator specializing in wearable art, jewelry design, painting and metalwork – all of which showcase her deep interest in African culture and ancient civilizations. As a teaching artist, she has participated with Groundswell Mural Arts Project, Arts Horizons, and Manhattan Youth. She has been awarded artist grants by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Puffin Foundation, and Harlem Arts Alliance. Ms. McGlown was educated at Wayne State University and the Center for Creative Studies.
Rose Pearlman is a painter and fiber artist who has exhibited her work in New York City and Vermont. She has been teaching art in public schools and facilitating art workshops in the New York City area for over 12 years. Classes have included print-making, weaving, painting, clay, sculpture, calligraphy, photography, and textile design. She holds a B.F.A in Photography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Tammy Hall is a storyteller, visual artist and advocate for literacy who has travelled across Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and Central America collecting folklore from the rich oral traditions of many cultures. A former New York City school teacher, Tammy leads storytelling, writing workshops and visual arts residencies in New York City and across the country. A native of Clarksville, Tennessee, she draws on her African-American southern rural heritage to deliver remarkable tales at schools, churches, and cultural institutions.