Newsletter, 11 September 2013

“All immigrants are artists because they create a life, a future, from nothing but a dream. The immigrant’s life is art in its purest form.” -Patricia Engel, It’s Not Love, It’s Paris
11 September 2013
Dear Friends,
Welcome back!
Cultural Agents looks forward to another year of engagement with our community and you!
art is a force that drives innovation

Calling all New Yorkers!
This Thursday, the first and only Spanish-language used bookstore, Librería Donceles, is opening!Not only a bookstore, Pablo Helguera’s Librería Donceles strives to tell the immigrant’s story and share Latin American culture in the midst of New York, a city with over 2 million Spanish speakers. Please attend and support this beacon of cultural agency.

When: Thursday, September 12th
Where: Kent Fine Art, 210 Eleventh Avenue, New York, NY (2nd floor)Visit the Kent Fine Art site for more information.

All Immigrants are Artists
” Re-creating yourself this way, re-creating your entire life is a form of reinvention on par with the greatest works of literature. This brings art into the realm of what ordinary people do in order to survive. It takes away the notion that art is too lofty for the masses, and puts it in the day-to-day. I’ve never seen anyone connect being an artist and an immigrant so explicitly, and for me it was a revelation.”
Haitian author Edwidge Danticat on the immigrant as artist
For the full article, read “All Immigrants are Artists

Gardner Pilot Academy Opening Institute
The faculty and staff of the Gardner Pilot Academy was trained in Pre-Texts by Professor Doris Sommer and Stephanie Cedeño. A full training begins in January 2014 and implementation with Pre-Texts protocols will follow.

We are looking forward to the year-long collaboration with the GPA, a school dedicated to innovative learning and enrichment!
A special thank you to Principal Erica Herman and Alison Mann.

Pre-Texts at Harvard
Pre-Text Course, Spanish 90p
Pre-Textos: Las artes interpretan

Starting with the classic Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, Professor Doris Sommer and Visiting Fellow Professor Kahlil Chaar-Pérez are using the Pre-Texts methodology to teach Spanish to Harvard College students.
Stay tuned for student updates on their Pre-Textos activities.

Freshman Seminary 36i
Reading Theater Politically

ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Professor Andreea Marculescu uses Pre-Texts as the principle for her Freshman Seminar, Reading Theater Politically.

Freshman Seminar 36i Reading Theater Politically takes direct inspiration from some principles of Pre-Texts. Students will use art (painting, collage, acting, dancing) to explore the civic potential of theater as a political medium that shapes societal considerations about gender, race, nationality. As part of their assignments, students design strategies to think how theater can reach and impact their own community and those in which consumption of theater in any form is less frequent. That is why, using various forms of art, students will design posters, costumes, masks for each play we study in this class.

A 2nd grader from Samuel Adams Elementary shows off his Pre-Texts masterpiece.

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