PODCASTS WITH INCARCERATED YOUTH
Youth in custody have limited access to cutting-edge scientific research and understanding of the pathways and opportunities to address the environmental and social challenges that society faces. The University of Utah collaborates with the Juvenile Justice Service, the Utah State Board of Education, and a team of artists and scientists to work with youth in each of five different facilities, holding discussions and workshops to frame a single environmental challenge, such as extinction, biodiversity loss, climate change, pollution, or overconsumption. Students explore and reflect on the science around an issue through film analysis, painting, podcasting, poetry and more.
We produced a 9 min piece on Nalini Nadkarni, who founded MISSION STEMCAP who has been bringing science to the incarcerated for the last 15 years - she is VERY entertaining if you have time to listen.
Recent University of Utah article about the STEMCAP project
MEDIA ARTS TEACHER TRAINING AND CURRICULUM WRITING
ARTS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Elementary school teachers taking a fine arts endorsement run by Brigham Young University. This two year program helps teachers integrate all 6 fine art forms into content instruction as well as enhance their personal growth. The institute provides the media arts instruction and writes all the media arts curriculum, which is also hosted on the website.
GRANITE SCHOOL DISTRICT
VIDEO REPRESENTING YOUTH VOICE AROUND MURAL ART PROJECT
The Institute is currently providing Granite School District Fine Arts teachers with media literacy through media arts professional development. The workshop series is called, "Media Literacy Education Professional Development." The series helps teachers navigate and excel in online teaching. Workshops range from understanding copyright, to how to film and edit student performances, to simple web design for digital portfolios. Each course is designed as a 14-hour experience with 6-8 hours of instruction; a short independent project; and a presentation or exhibition session. Upon completion, teachers receive 1.0 USBE Lane Change credit, though teachers can choose to forfeit the project and receive relicensure credit for participating in the class instruction.
SENSE OF COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECT
Seven high schools in the Salt Lake City School District are working with a local mural artist to create seven mural panels that each represent their respective communities and tell viewers where they are from. The panels will be exhibited in UMOCA. The Institute is working with the district, students and teachers to document the mural making process along the way.
SOCIAL JUSTICE CURRICULUM WITH VIDEO
PILAR POBIL AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
Pilar Pobil moved to Salt Lake 60+ years ago from Spain where she grew up and lost her father to the Spanish Civil War. A renowned self-taught painter, writer, and sculptor whose blatant determination and feminism prevailed, she, now 92, tells her story to inspire people to be themselves, and through art shows her intersectionality- the US and Spain both alive and well in her heart as well as what it means to live a full life. The curriculum will include the Spanish Civil War, Cultural Identity, and Women’s Civil Rights & Gender Equality. The Institute has partnered with West Valley Arts and does the video production and writes all the media arts curriculum for the ARTrageous Online Education initiative. Look for it in January 2021!
IN-CLASSROOM / VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS
The Institute is currently offering a 2-hour copyright class: Navigating Copyright. This is for teachers who want to brush up on the Teach Act and be able to in turn teach students the ins and outs and how to comply. We will teach you the process of how to answer your own copyright questions, discuss changes since the shift to online; and leave you with ample resources.
FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS
Our next course will be taught by three Salt Lake-based professional radio women, and you can sign up now. It's a 10-session course that starts Tuesday, January 12, 2021. We will take you through the process from start to finish and you will be assigned a mentor who will guide you along the way. Our courses are affordable, interactive, and simply fun.