Experience the power of art integration—the blending of art and other subject areas—and see how learning comes to life. In Teaching through the Prism of Arts Integration: Teach with O’Keeffe, hear from teachers, students, and administrators from New York to New Mexico on the impact of art linked to learning in The Phillips Collection’s educational initiatives. © The Phillips Collection, 2011
Lifesongs began in 2007 and is founded on the belief that art-making with people in times of transition has the power to inspire a sense of human dignity and create a strong experience of shared humanity.
A project of Littleglobe and The Santa Fe Opera Community Engagement Program, Lifesongs is an arts-in-community project facilitating the creation of original musical works by people in nursing homes and hospice care. Participants work with NM composers, musicians, visual artists, and writers to create new pieces to be performed by local musicians and choirs including Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera, Dolce Suono of the University of New Mexico; and Your Song, a threshold choir.
Lifesongs specializes in the capacity to meet people where they feel comfortable and seeks to provide a safe environment in which each person is truly witnessed. Each piece is created from an in-depth collaborative process in which participants are able to identify and express something of meaning in their lives. Most of the participants begin by stating they are not Òmusical.Ó Through gentle writing, drawing and craft exercises, emotional stimulation through music–midi keyboard, sonic computer programs, and acoustic instruments–facilitating artists are able to draw authentic, meaningful responses from the participant artists that, over time, take shape in musical pieces. Lifesongs have included songs of love, homages to family and friends, contemplations, and simple prayers for freedom and peace.
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As part of an ongoing collaboration between Littleglobe, Inc. and The TOC Regional Community Council, Cordillera Productions helped facilitate a workshop on how to use media and filmmaking as a tool for advocacy. This video was the product of that week-long workshop. Conceptualized, produced and edited entirely by members of the Torreon, Ojo Encino and Cuba Regional Community Council, this short is being utilized as a fund raising tool to help the TRCC continue its mission of promoting creative art and celebrates this genre with diverse populations throughout the world.
I undertook this project as part of a workshop with Barefoot Workshops. I collaborated with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation to create an advocacy video for a youth center that the DTHF plans to build in Masiphumelele, a township south of Cape Town.
“In this four-week workshop, Barefoot Workshops taught staff members of The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation to produce seven short videos that will be used in clinics, churches, schools and workshops, to encourage behavior change among HIV vulnerable groups- such as women and youth. Videos were written, shot, and edited by the students and covered such topics as, ARV treatment, the importance of disclosure, maintaining negative status, and how to improve communication between youth and their parents regarding HIV/AIDS and newly introduced vaccine trials.” – from Barefoot Workshops.