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Friday, October 21, 2011

EDU * ARTS (INTERDISCIPLANARY CURRICULAR OVERVIEW)

fran ISHA echols
Ultra Culture Agri*CULTURAL*Arts Communiversity
"iiYAH*ISHA"
Isha.Culture@FaceBook.com
IshaEchols@gmail.com
901.562.5071
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ARTIST BIO
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"iiYAH*ISHA" is an award winning theatrical designer, Chautauquan and Agri CULTURAL Artivist whose spoken word and fabric /Eco*Enviro art fosters the ultimate in the intergenerational ancestral tradition...she centers all artistic initiatives within multi-cultural / ancestral focusing as she utilizes  interdisciplinary eclectic communication standards to educate, to encourage, to empower, to bless and to heal.

"iiYAH*ISHA" describes herself as an Amer*African Humanist WordsWoman...she is the founding mentor of The ULTRA YOUth! Intergenerational Agri CULTURAL Arts COOPERATIVE COMMUNIVERSITY, 1985.

She travels cross culturally to create & perpetuate community gardens...to share as one of the world's dedicated GRIOT- ARTIVIST...by using the NGUZO SABA (7 Principles of Kwanzaa) as a model for PEACE, JUSTICE and COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT...iiYAH*ISHA has been an arts educator and performer honoring collaborations with...PBS TV, National School Systems, The Southern Artistry Federation, the Memphis Black Arts Alliance , ArtsMemphis and the Memphis Center City Commission's DownTown ALIVE!, and The Nevada  Arts Council. For more than two decades, Mama*ISHA  proceeds without question or doubt...determined in her heART by the lull of Community Excellence and the ancient axiom~

"WHEN ONE HELPS ONE OTHER...
AT LEAST TWO ARE STRENGTHENED...
ALL THAT WE KEEP...
WE LOSE...
THAT WHICH WE GIVE...
WE HAVE...
AS EVERYTHING WE SHARE...
IS MULTIPLIED!"


Community Artivist, "iiYAH*ISHA" has been fortunate to outsource professionally as storysharer / griot / cultural arts educator / consultant / health and wellness practioner / conflict resolution mediator and considers her life golden...she values unequivocally as her most prized production, Mayasir Aziza, her beautiful, talented, young,  wise adult birth daughter!

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INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULA

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 DIVERSIFIED
InterGenerational
DIALOGUES
Participants  will respectfully design and define the rudiments of  comprehensive global cultural competency via the vehicles of  interpersonal relationships,  mass communication systems and social media.

~UKU~ POETRY
...based upon the 5*7*5 HAIKU 17 syllable formula, this very basic introductory workshop has the involving power to plant the initiating seeds of  individualistic command of and love for the Written and Spoken Word


KINDER*MAJIK!
...an ARTS APPRECIATION * LITERACY awakening for toddlers and preschoolers... Kinder*Majik! is an interdisciplinary developmental continuum which offers enhancement of social and cognitive skills creatively...The Kinder*Majik curriculum includes, though is not limited to:
*Orientation and Mobility *Gardening *Sign Language *Swahili *Music *Eco~Enviro Art * Crafts *Progressive Play *Story Sharing

 
MULTIMEDIA * MENTORING
(Freedom of Speech & Public Access...Art as Evolution!)
In the interest of the preservation and perpetuation of civil liberites via storytelling, participants share in the the experience of retrieval and sharing of community histories via the technical intervention of television production!
Serious investors will be able to aquire professional training as producers. Seminars in time management & scheduling, lighting, sound and set design, interviewing techniques. Opportunities to gain proficiency in state of the art digital media computer labs are available.
In a symbionic, Learner / Teacher atmosphere, committed participants are insured "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances".

KUUMBA THEATRE
Participants will explore the rudiments of drama by enhancing their communication skills through the spiritual vehicles of Improv, Play Reading & Writing and theatrical production...


ARTISTIC CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Exploration of creative means by which disputes can be equitably mediated and ultimately resolved artistically...participants will not only invest in the use of oral and visual artistic aesthetics, musical and dance elements will be incoporated in an interactive continuum of PEACE inducing healing systems which supercede spacial and generational limitations! Art as Evolution!

...CONSTITUTIONALLY YOURS...
(How U.S. Governs)
Students will know what PL108-447 means to U.S. citizens as well as global communities...All participants will know the WHO, WHEN, WHAT and WHY of 17 September and just HOW law impacts CIVIL RIGHTS!



$$$UJAMAA%BOHARI$$$
(Fair Trade * Cooperative * Marketplace)
Students incorporate group planning, writing, math and marketing skills to develop an economically viable Arts CoOp! Participants will be encouraged environmentally by creating their Art~Craft  largely from recycleable materials...All will learn that gifts of  ENTREPRENURALISM are indeed priceless while
coming full circle in FINANCIAL LITERACY...with DOLLARS & CENTS!



COMMUNITY ORIENTATION

 and
MOBILITY
(Navigating Your Environment)
Students will increase environmental awareness while enhancing listening and reading skills. Through the utilization of interactory puzzles, games, maps and social activism...all participants will be able to answer the question...Where In The World Are You? A culminating travel path field trip may be taken, with a group nature walk or bus ride....on an exploratory,  healing touch, empowering, fact finding excursion!

HAND GAMES and RHYMES FROM ANCIENT TIMES!
(Culturally Creative Movement)
While learning languages, world histories and songs...students while interact via the uplifting power of healing touch and dance! Students will be encouraged in the development of a finale piece which will showcase specific time periods and people.


FOUND SOUNDS:
(Making Natural Music With Tonal Recycleables)
Students experience eclectic recycling by creating musical intruments from found objects...Students will be encouraged to add tonal embellishment to familiar standards and to individual and group favorites...


KWANZAA KYDZ:
(A Behavior Management / Intervention / Tolerance Continuum)
Students will learn to live the NGUZO SABA and earn KWANZAA BUCKS as reward for exampling the essence of the 7 Principles of...Unity, Self Determination, Collective Work & Responsibility, Purpose, Creativity and Faith! This highly interactive community empowerment residency will incorporate individual and group service learning opportunities. Participants will document their progress via multi-media

SWAHILI SYLLABUS
(Kwanzaa Sayings & Songs)
Students will recieve an indepth introduction to the most popular African language from learning to count and saying ABC's...through singing Kwanzaa / English ditties...all together guaranteeing culturally diverse enjoyment! Participants will be excited to showcase their skills in schooland  community performances!


~KROSS KULTURAL~
KINTE * KANGA *KWILTS
(Celebrating Diversity w/ Cloth)
Participants will share in the ultimate of  cross cultural awareness and investment by designing and fabricating personalized message panels suitable for wearable art and quilts. Students will create individual squares specific to certain cultures of interest and share in the most basic utilitarian art forms from group knotting paper shapes to sewing with needle and thread! 

A KWANZAA PAGEANT!
Kwanzaa ia an agri CULTURAL arts celebration! Through the sharing of Kwanzaa tales and songs, students will learn the who, when, what. where and how of this Amer*African festival and it's multi-cultural connections! Participants will create Kwanzaa specific crafts, stories and dances - all in time for KARAMU...the Feast of the First  Fruits of the harvest!


PLANTING THE SEEDS of PEACE!
Using the centering power of Green Gardens as life metaphor, iiYAH ISHA will spark student eco-environmental interest in the art and science of CommUnity. This PREPAREDNESS model will enable all participants to develop creative relationships between agriculture, music and ecology! Earthwise Edu-Arts Journals will be made for daily journal entries or sketches as they plant, maintain and harvest community gardens and interview CommUnity GREEN Elders.


Sharing OURSTORY!
(Beginning Genealogical Research):
Volumes of yarns retrieved from cross cultural research and interviews will encourage students to share personal and community stories as prerequisite to more indepth genealogical investigation! Participants will develop a collage time-line comprised of ancestral charts, original art and photographs.

FROM MEDU-NETER to GRANDE GRAFFITI!

(Cross-Cultural Penmanship)
Students will be increased in the power of the written word by experiencing the stimulation of Petroglyphs, Andinkra and Calligraphy & more! This cross-cultural investment will encourage all participants in the quintessential collaborative beauty of writing and mural art...


PEACE * SING!
(Piecing Commnunity Quilts):
Invest in the most ancient of ancestral arts by quilting incorporate with group singing! Participants will create a community quilt while learning songs that bind!

MUSICAL MIGRATIONS
(Diasporas Musically Defined)
Students learn the songs and stories of global communities via the musical traditions which traveled with them...all participants will be encouraged to focus on their specific ancestral roots...resulting in a unique cross-cultural teaching & learning
interdisciplinary exchange!

TEACHING TOLERANCE:
(Art as Evolution!)
Students will use role play and impromptu theatre to explore and embrace the universal principles of peace! Verbal and non-verbal skills building will insure enjoyment of this interactive model for mediation and values clarification...a socially empowering activity.


ECO * ENVIRONMENTAL EXPRESSION :
(Art From Recycleables):

Students will make art from discards...great for science fair projects as well as costuming! Disciplines embracing math, science and ecology and loads of creativity will instill in participants a life long commitment to Recycle, Reduce, Reuse...


SIGN A SONG!

(Choreographed Communication)
From basic international sign language...to group song signing, this second language opportunity will strengthen the observation and communicative skill of ALL who participate!


COWRIE SHELLS TELL!
(Exploring the Triangular Slave Trade)
With storytelling, oral histories and documentaries as a humanizing mediums, students will learn the historic facts of Africans in America...all participants will incorporate culturally specific visual / fabric art and jewelry crafting as factual reinforcement!

BRAILLE SPELL!
(Tactile Sensitivities)
Broaden student awareness by allowing opportunities for values clarification...participants will learn to overcome challenges by recognizing certain truths...willing participants will incorporate their braille awareness into hands-on art pieces.



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ISHAART...UYIAACC
(Traveling Exhibits)
(Classes & Work Shops & Lectures)

*THE ANKH SERIES *PREPAREDNESS * CELEBRATING THE CLOTH * KONGLOMERANT KINARAS * THE BOTTLE TREE SERIES * UJAMAA BOHARI * ADINKRAART * ALL THE HERBS IN SCRIPTURE * HERBLORE * IIYAH AXYOMZ * WRYTERZ * GRYOZ * TELLABRATION! * SHARING OURSTORY * KWANZAA * JUNETEENTH * A FAMILY REUNION * COMMUNITY QUILTING * GLOBAL GENEALOGICAL GENIOUS *

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Artist Residency
SAMPLE LESSON PLAN
"OWANGALIMA"
(6 to 8 sessions)

OWANGALIMA embodies the soul of community...people's lives...& as they live...& as they share...& as they receive...& as they love...& invest & multiply...& as they plan & as they build the collaborative dream...OWANGALIMA IS ALL THAT CommUnity IS!

* Orientation & Introductions *

Participants will meet the artist during this first visit...

The artist will introduce herself and share her artistic history by involving students in a call & response affirmation...

All participants write a short auto-biographical sketch, including a minimum of 2 school or classroom rules...

The artist will collect student bios and rules, randomly calling students to the podium to introduce themselves and share @ least 1 rule different from any previously given...

All students will be issued Art Journal Pages to be collected upon next visit...

The artist will retain rules & bios for follow-up visit...

* Second Session *

The Artist will querie students as to what happened during their previous session, in the order inwhich things occured, calling on them at random from the retained bios...

Artist will collect student Art Journal Pages...


The Artist will share with students the plan for the day, introducing the story..."OWANGALIMA"

All participants will view film, "OWANGALIMA"(:30)

All participants will be issued art suppies (recycled manila folders, crayons & markers)...

Artist will have students draw images from the story, calling on them by show of hands to discuss terms: COMMUNITY & SELF DETERMINATION...

Artist will issue Art Journal Pages...

* Third Session *

Artist will review previous activity...

Artist will collect Art Journal Pages...

Students will be randomly divided into balanced groups...

From a basket, students will draw character cards...

Each student will be given (:15) time to rehearse with their group...

Artist will visit each group, offering suggestions

Each group will be called up to perform versions of "OWANGALIMA"...

Artist will issue Art Journal Pages...

* Fourth Session *

Artist will collect Art Journal Pages...

Students will view video of previous rehearsal...

Artist and class will discuss PROPS & COSTUMES...

From recycled materials, grouped students will design & construct costumes and props...

Artist will issue Art Journal Pages...

SHOW & TELL REHEARSAL

* Fifth Session *

Students will finish costumes and props as needed...

FULL DRESS REHEARSAL

Art Journal Pages issued...

* GRANDE FINALE *

Art Journal Pages Collected...

Dressed in full costume with props set, grouped students will perform "OWANGALIMA"!
Performances will be taped...

Students will be asked to email final Art Journal entries to:
ultrayouth.ag.arts@gmail.com
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* LESSON PLAN OUTLINE *

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Intro to Chautauqua:
(Sharing History And Remembering the Past...SHARP STORIES!)
Students will research and perform character REenactments drawn from historic individuals and events! From the cradle of civilization to global preparedness, participants will develop an eclectic oral and visual timeline with emphasis on costuming, world myths, legends and facts!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

~CommUNITY COLLABORATIONS~

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 Bring beauty and respect into our lives
 Innovate new thought patterns 

 Knock down racial, geographic, and generational walls 
 Preserve our collective memories 
 Shape our identities from birth through maturity
 Create wages and enhance the nation's economy 
 Nurture skills that  help us to excel globally 
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* Centro Cultural Latino de Memphis
* Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl
* SEEDS of BLESSINGS
* T.A.M. (TN*ARK*MS) Farms
* Reno First UMC
* Rivendel Independent Living Center
* Holy Community UMC, Memphis
* Latino Memphis
* MidSouth Peace & Justice Center
   Gandhi*King Conference
* R.E.A.L.
   (*Responsibility *Earth *Art *Learning)
* Prayer in America, PBS
* Sierra Arts
* HARAMBEE Radio
* Washoe County Schools
* PBS / KNPB ~TV5
   (Prayer In America)
* Bernice Martin Matthews Elementary School
* City of Reno Parks & Recreation
* Great Basin Foods CoOp
* Associated Catholic Charities, Inc.
* TELLABRATION!
* National Federation of Women of Color
* Memphis Museum Systems
* Center for Southern Folklore
* Environmental Protection Agency
   (Lead Safe Kids)
* Raymond & Rosa Parks Institute
* Friends for Life
* Jabril World Institute
* Northwest Airlines
* LeMoyne-Owen College
* Memphis Black Arts Alliance
* Memphis Black Reperatory Theatre
   (Costume & Set Design)
* Memphis City & Shelby County Schools
* C.O.R.E.
* C.O.R.R.
* Memphis & Shelby County Libraries
* Mid-South Peace & Justice Center
   (JustPeace * Issues On Aging)
* National Civil Rights Museum
   (S.H.A.R.P. YOUth!~Sharing History And Remembering the Past)
* Shelby State Community College
* Lucille Ewing CHILDREN's MUSEUM
* Memphis in May
   (The Beggar of Soutile)
* The Mediation Center
* Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
* TN, Ark, Miss (TAM) Farms
* Torchlight Institute
* University of Tennessee
* Victorian Village
* Alex Haley Museum
* Heritage Tours, Inc.
   (SLAVE HAVEN) 
* Be Visible Magazine
   (HERbally YOUr's)
* Precious Carge Cultural Exchange
* Greater Memphis Arts Council
* USDA Farmer's Nutrition Program
* International League of Muslim Women
* Mississippi Agricultural CoOp
*USDA  Eat 5 a Day Program
* Tn Association for the Preservation & Perpetuation of Storytelling
* Yarnspinners
* Lead Safe Kids
* Black Familty Reunion Inc.
* Children's Museums of America
* Senior Citizen's Services
* 21st Century Leadership Development
* WKNO-TV10
* Gateway Home School
* Sister Clara Muhammad School
* The Power Center, TN
* Women of Achievement, Inc.
* South Memphis Alliance
* Girl Scouts of America
* The MEDIA Center / Sierra Nevada Access TV
* Jack & Jill of America
* Coalition of 100 Black Women
* Institute of Amer-Afrikan Youth
* Jewish Community Center
* Memphis Parks Commission
* Project Spirit
* Sankofa @ University of Memphis
* AgriCENTER INTERNATIONAL
* River of Song, PBS
* Cablevision ~ Memphis
* Memphis Shelby County Health Department
* Southern Christian Leadership Conference
* Washoe County Library System
* Agnes Risley Elementary School
* The Bahias of Reno
* Boy' & Girl's Club Truckee Meadows
* Sagewind Community Garden
* I Can Do Anything Charter High School
* TMCC High School
* The Media Center / SNCAT
* The Bleu Lyon Gallery
* NAACP
* JUNETEENTH INTERNATIONAL
* Association for Creative Moral Education
* African Heritage Leadership Conference
* Blues City Cultural Center
* Neighborhood Mediation Center
* WKNO TV10

Monday, May 10, 2010

CHAUTAUQUA Sharing OURstory via Scholarly REenactment!

CHAUTAUQUA

...be an active part of...

PRESERVATION & PERPETUATION
of
THE ORAL TRADITION

~via~

SCHOLARLY REENACTMENT
SPOKENWORD
CREATIVE MOVEMENT
SONG
&
SEMINAR

...CHAUTAUQUA...
THE
GLOBAL
STORYTELLING
CONTINUUM
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Sharing
History
AND
Remembering
the
PAST
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..AUDITION~REHEARSAL~PERFORMANCE~COSTUMING 
&
~SEMINAR SCHEDULING~

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contact us
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901.562.5071
Asante' Sana...Thank YOU very much!