Enducation Series

This is the short wrap up of the WhoWeAm series on looking at education through the lens of culture. Two points—very simple. Blink and you’ll miss it.

When It Works

This 5th film installment in WhoWeAm’s series on education is an interview with an Art Teacher who looks at her classroom as an opportunity to build a new culture from the many disparate voices and insights students bring in.

Dusting Off Our Game

This 4th film installment in WhoWeAm’s series on education looks at the absurd discrepancy between traditional US culture and the current US schools.

Ad-ucation

Sometimes you just have to say it: There’s an elephant in our living room. This week’s film is about something we all know and love, or know and hate, or put up with, or enjoy, but we all accept as an inevitable part of the landscape.

Educulture

Sometimes the things that make the difference on issues like education are so obvious that we just can’t see them. A little research and a couple of teenagers can be counted on to help us see the light.

Education Rethunk

The first short film in a series that deconstructs “the education problem” in the US by looking at it through the lens of culture. Yeah, I know, I know…whatever THAT means. Hey, just check it out—we might just be onto something here. You never know.

#3: culture, art and science

As an artist/educator, it seemed relevant to learn about how the human mind and brain process information and respond to stimuli. In the classroom, I shared what I was learning with my students—figuring they might be interested. They were. One thing led to another and pretty soon I was teaching myself to write grant applications to the National Institutes of Health to fund media to teach teenagers about their brains. Needless to say, my Masters of Fine Arts in painting didn’t really prepare me for this so somehow I convinced a team of scientists to help me. My goal was to persuade the NIH to give me a large sum of money to make films that could help young people understand what their brains were capable of, and how they could use them to build the lives they wanted.

Intuitive Insight: So What

Part 4—the final short film in this series about intuitive insight and the cultural impediments to becoming the innovation powerhouse the US has planned for itself. Sure, we’re talking about brains and culture and other pointy-headed stuff here, but I’m trying some other things here—experimental non-fiction. Some nice flowers for ya’ll.

Intuitive Insight: The Hot Spot

Part 3 of a multi-post film about how innovation, creativity and prevailing cultural ideas about it in the US. This time you see the actual places researchers believe intuitive insight…

A BALTIMORE EDUCATION

It was a long trip from cultural ground zero in Schenectady, but ultimately, I settled in Baltimore. Despite years spent in New England, London and New York, the seamy-sweet tang of Baltimore’s culture sucked me right in. It felt palpable and compelling. In decline since before the riots and abandonment of the sixties, Baltimore careened like its old streetcars around the curves the late twentieth century threw at it. Successful in the past, it was now a drunken uncle rebelling his way toward retirement.