Art21 and Mel Chin at NAEA in New Orleans this week


We’re heading down to New Orleans tomorrow to present a few sessions at this week’s National Art Education Association conference at the Morial Convention Center. In addition, Season 1 artist Mel Chin will be joining us to unveil more details on the Fundred Dollar Bill project and the bills themselves. Those educators in New Orleans for the conference can find Mel and Art21 at the following presentations. For those of you who can’t make it, our friend at KQED’s Spark and co-presenter of the Contemporary Art Film Salon, Kristin Farr, and I will be blogging both the onsite conference activities and offsite investigations with Mel and his team.

NAEA Convention, New Orleans, LA – March 26-29, 2008

Thursday, March 27 2:00pm – 2:50pm
Art:21 and the Educator Workshop Model
This session shares findings from Art21’s professional development work with teachers to support the integration of contemporary art and artists into curriculum using inquiry-based learning strategies and connections to thematic strands.
(Convention Center Room 201)

Friday, March 28 1:00pm – 2:50pm
Super Session with Mel Chin | For Your Eyes Only: An Operation
Mel Chin is a conceptual visual artist motivated largely by political, cultural, and social circumstances. He works in a variety of art mediums to calculate meaning in modern life, placing art in landscapes, in public spaces, and in gallery and museum exhibitions, and more. Chin says, “Making objects and marks is also about making possibilities, making choices—and that is one of the last freedoms we have. To provide that is one of the functions of art.”
(La Louisiane Room)

Saturday, March 29 10:00am – 6:00pm
Art21 and Spark Present the Contemporary Art Film Salon
The Contemporary Art Film Salon is back! Take a break from the workshops to view films from the Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century and SPARK* television series, as well as other acclaimed documentaries on contemporary art and artists. Produced by Art21, KQED’s Spark, SFMoMA, ICA Boston, and Illuminations, these films are accessible and valuable resources for exploring the artists of today and their sources of inspiration. Films are 10-30 minutes each, grouped in 1-hour thematic programs.
(Convention Center Room R09)

Look forward to performance, activities, and special guests. If you are in town, be sure to join us. If not, we’ll be posting lots of video and photos when we get back.


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