Story Telling

Artist Residency with Wing Young Huie

Wing Young Huie spent a full week with South Ridge School 7-12th grade art students learning to identify and discuss implicit bias through photography. Below see Chalk Talk images.

Culture

How Do Photographs Form Us?
Wing’s dynamic slide show lecture confronts many divisive social issues, such as cultural bias, immigration, religion, and social disconnection. While sharing anecdotes and insights into his creative process—and his abilities to intimately interact with thousands of strangers—he also discusses the personal and professional challenges in his 35-year journey of becoming a accomplished artist.

What Do You See? Through a Zine published by Mr. Huie, students participate in a discussion of their impressions, bias and ideas concerning what they see in the photograph image. These discussion are able to be translated into real life interactions between stranger, friends and family.

A “Chalk Talk” workshop is where participants engage each other with by asking a series of open-ended questions. Working in pairs each student then chooses only one of the answers from each person, which that person writes on a chalkboard. How would you answer these questions?

What are you?
How do you think others see you? What don’t they see?
What advice would you give to a stranger?
What is your favorite word?
Describe an incident that changed you.
How have you been affected by race?
Workshop participants pair with someone in the room they are unfamiliar with, ask each other these questions, choose each others’ answer, and and then write that answer down on black construction paper with white chalk. (Option: participants can then photograph each other with their chalkboards.) This intimate and non-confrontational interaction addresses issues of bias, challenging preconceptions of the other and one’s self.

Contrasting points of views are engaged when Wing presents his photographs that are open to interpretation and asks participants, “What do you see?” He then facilitates a dialogue before revealing the stories behind the photographs that furthers the complexities of cultural and personal perceptions, creating a challenging yet safe environment for deep discussion.

How are we impacted by the daily consumption of countless images created by marketing forces, the media, and popular entertainment? How can we differentiate our authentic selves from idealized realities? Do we become what we see? In other words: How do photographs form us?

Shifting Identities  How do you present yourself in different setting? with different people?

Culture  What is your culture? What makes your life unique to your family, land, community?

https://www.wingyounghuie.com/

McKnight Names Wing Young Huie as Distinguished Artist 2018   “With his powerful photography and compelling public art projects, Wing Young Huie has been documenting Minnesota’s changing cultural landscape for more than 30 years in images that ask us to focus on people and places that are often overlooked,” says Kate Wolford, president of McKnight. “Whether he’s talking to a class of college students or turning entire city blocks into a public gallery space, Wing has a rare gift for challenging assumptions and inviting conversation through his unique artistic vision. We couldn’t be more delighted by the selection committee’s decision to honor a photographer who really has transformed our image of what being Minnesotan means.”

This opportunity made possible through the generous donations of the Northland Foundations and Teaching Tolerance/Southern Poverty Law. Check out Teaching Tolerance website for more information

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/understanding-implicit-bias-through-photography

211 Conversations

South Ridge High School Printmaking and Painting students create collages for 122 Conversations which will culminate in 2018 at the Tweed Museum of Art – University of Minnesota in Duluth, MN. The final display will include the contributions of exhibition visitors in the five sister cities. The participatory element is an important part of the project, for it enables citizens to “validate” Labovitz’s impressions of their community as represented in the exhibited paintings. Individuals are invited to their own images and paper in an act of sharing and create an image or message. The individual collages will be collected into a book for each community, forming a community art piece. These books, along with the traveling exhibition bags, will be archived at the Tweed Museum.

  • October 6, 2018 | 1-3 pm | Family Day
  • October 14, 2018 |1-3:30 pm | Art Teachers Workshop & Reception
  • October 25, 2018 | 6 – 8:30 pm | 122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders Public Opening Reception, (special guests, Anne Labovitz, Mayor Emily Larson, DSCI delegate, Koresh Lakhan) The UMD MAAD LAB will offer Live Streaming with some sister cities!
  • November 10, 2018 | 1:30 – 2:30 | Gallery talk with Anne Labovitz

https://theways.org/story/living-language

 

South Ridge art students are also participating. Create a visual representation of what peace in your community looks like. Using a 10″ square and materials provided create a work of art to be submitted to the 122 conversations exhibition. Collages will also be used to develop compositions for a self-portrait etching and painting in class.

 

122 Conversations

http://labovitz.com/122-conversations/

122 Conversations

Carl Gawboy and the Ojibwe Star Stories

© Annette Lee & William Wilson 20120813

South Ridge 7th grade students have been studying the Ojibwe and Greek star maps as they created their own Planetarium Umbrellas. They also created three new “personal” star constellations based in a creative writing lesson.

Students will retell Ojibwe Star stories as they have been shared with them by artist and historian Carl Gawboy at the public performance on May 3rd, 5 PM in the South Ridge school Forum.(MSAB Arts Learning grant with Frank Theatre)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


VTS_03_1 Carl Gawboy Shingebis and the Wintermaker from SouthRidgeART on Vimeo.


VTS_02_1 The Great Flood from SouthRidgeART on Vimeo.


VTS_04_1 Carl Gawboy Fisher Saves the Birds from Skyland from Media Art on Vimeo.

MSAB Art Learning grant Fall/Winter performance 2016

Great performance by South Ridge 3-4th graders and 7th grade!! Special thanks to MSAB, NEA, Legacy Amendment, Northland Foundation, Essentia Health, ISD 2142 American Indian Student Services and the Northland Learning Center.

Minnesota State Arts Board arts Learning grant with Frank Theatre at South Ridge School – Fall/Winter 2016 from Carolyn Olson on Vimeo.

Minnesota State Arts Board Awards Arts Learning grant to South Ridge School

We are thrilled to have again received the MSAB Arts learning grant for 2016-2017. This grant provides funding to support for programming in the 3-4th gra classrooms, afterschoolSTEAM (3-7th) and 7th grade art class. Students retell traditional stories through theatre. Writing activities and theatre games provide skills towards a successful theatre production. Additional support is provided through the National Endowment for the Arts, the Legacy Fund of Minnesota, American Indian Student Services and the Northland Learning Center. Additional support is still needed.

It is a wonderful experience to work with other students and staff in a creative effort such as this. If your child is in these grades please watch for information coming home early in the Fall on how your child can participate.IMG_0004 IMG_0005 IMG_1568

MSAB Art’s Grant-Fall Performance with Frank Theater

2tshirt with text copySouth Ridge students performed to a full house at the “Fall Family Night” in the school’s Forum. Performances included “Orpheus and Eurydice” (3-4th Grades), “Persephone and the Six Pomegranate Seeds” (3rd-6th Grades, afterschoolSTEAM), “Fischer and the Birds” (7th Grade morning Design class), and “Shingebiss and the Wintermaker” (7th Grade afternoon Design class).

Frank teaching artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer have worked with students for 8 weeks writing, retelling stories, playing theatre games and acting out stories to build skills in writing, public speaking, body language and story telling. Activities built student’s ability to clearly express themselves in a public venue. Each group sang a song composed by Marya Hart (with lyrics supplied by students). Videographer Mark Tang has documented the process and will work with Wendy Knox and South Ridge teacher Carolyn Olson to produce videos that tell the story.

Video of the performance, Fall 2015.

 

South Ridge Art Department receives Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning grant with Frank Theatre

2-26b2-26cSouth Ridge School again has received the Art’s Learning grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board! This grant provides funding for professional teaching artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimer to work with 3rd – 7th grade students building writing, and public speaking skills through theatre games and creative writing. Two residencies have been designed – the first in the Fall, the other in the Spring. Both residencies will explore traditional and cultural stories from around the world with the Spring residency focusing on the stories told to us through the stars taught in Ojibwe culture.

The Fall performance will be at the annual Title I and JOM parents night at South Ridge. Everyone is invited to attend! In the Sping Carl Gawboy, a local artist and historian (retired CSS prof) who is an expert on the star constellations and their stories will retell the stories with Frank teaching artists to the students. After discussion about their meaning students will retell these stories using their what they have learned in the residency.

South Ridge students have been invited to retell these stories at the Annual Elders Feat at the Brookston Center in April. Everyone is invited to attend and share in the feast and performance.

This project is made possible through the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment, Minnesota Power, Northland Learning Center, ISD 2142 American Indian Student Support and local foundations and business support such as Minnesota Power. Without the generous support such activities would not be possible.


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