Newsletter, March 2022

The Essential Museum

This commentary piece, by Ian Koebner, uses Kapsalon Theater, in which cultural institutions across the Netherlands skirted lockdown measures by becoming pop-up beauty salons and gyms, as a case for appreciating the cultural sector’s dire situation and reimagining its potential as an essential public health partner. Read full article in our public platform You Are Here

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Cases for Culture Conference 

The Cases for Culture Conference, hosted by DRCLAS, will be held on December 2-3, 2022. Rainer Kern, founder and director of the biggest international  jazz festival in Germany “Enjoy Jazz – International Festival for Jazz and More”, will be present among the speakers. He is also a special Advisor of Global affairs for Mannheim’s mayor’s office and responsible for the setup and strategic development of the new worldwide network/platform “Global Parliament of Mayors”. Click here to know more about our partnership with Mannheim Public Library.

Preliminary Results on the Impact of Pre-Texts on Mental Health in Kibera, Nairobi

During the seminar De-stigmatize, De-colonize: Mental Health Through Local Arts in Nairobi’s Slum for Harvard MBB, Tom Osborn presented the preliminary results of the impact of Pre-Texts in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety among the youth population. The results were obtained through a Control Trial with 235 students in Kibera. Visit to read the full presentation and Qualitative Report Feedback

Launch in India: Enhancing Reading and Learning Outcomes

Harvard professor conducts workshop for Pune city teachers

As part of our collaboration with FLAME University, during the month of February 2022, Pre-Texts sessions were held in six schools in Pune.

Workshop Example: Kalmadi 8th Grader reads Chekhov, The Beggar
Read Full Report about Pre-Texts in Pune here
In accordance with this project we are looking for a Research Associate based in Pune, for implementing Pre-Texts pedagogical tool in the pilot school, conducting research on its impact by undertaking surveys as well as evaluating the impact. Apply here

Pre-Texts in Sergipe, Brazil

Matheus Batalha, our Brazilian agent, participated in the 2022 Planning week in Ivo Prado State school to encourage the teachers to use the Pre-Texts tools in their regular classes. He also facilitated a mini Pre-Texts workshop using a Carlos Drummont de Andrade text. This meeting is part of our project that aims to mitigate violence in the school context in Aracaju’s schools. Click here to enjoy more about the project.

Pre-Texts in Comedor Siempre Carrillo 2022

For the fourth consecutive year, Pre-Texts workshops begin at Comedor Siempre Carrillo. Our expert facilitators, Aldana and Joana Bucca, restart the face-to-face activities for girls, boys and families of the Carrillo neighborhood in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. To learn more about the work we have been doing, click here.

The Analgesic Museum

Philosophers of aesthetics have argued for centuries that the arts can draw the individual from isolation, create purpose and enliven existence, but can they also relieve pain? Join us for a conversation at the intersection of art and pain management practices as we explore the potential of cultural engagement in museums to reduce the burden of chronic pain. More information

Ruben Blades at Harvard

For Harvard Students: Ruben Blades will be at Harvard the week of April 25 to receive the Harvard Arts Medal. With DRCLAS on Tuesday 26th at 7pm (in CGIS South basement), a student-run discussion about arts/culture and political activism

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March 12, 2022
by Rodriguez