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Art Imitates Life, Life Imitates Ads

October 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

As the country re-examines its relationship with “monuments,” with history, with art and public space, we, as educators, must examine our roles as curators of art analysis in our classrooms. Contemporary art interacts with society in ways that are both reactive and predictive. In this workshop we will use the art of Hank Willis Thomas and other contemporary artists as a source for our own writing, uncovering the poetry, narratives, and essays that live in their artistry. To examine work like Thomas’s and others’ is to recognize the relationship between art and life, moments and monuments, two sides of the same mirror always chasing each other’s reflection.

Jayme Causey teaches language arts at Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon. He is an Oregon Writing Project coach.



This event is part of the online workshop series from Rethinking Schools called Teaching for Social Justice During the Pandemic: Lessons from The New Teacher Book. Join The New Teacher Book editors, authors, and early career teacher-scholars who wrote and shaped this book. Sign up for the entire workshop series or sign up for one workshop at a time.Space is limited in these workshops to 30 participants.Workshops will not be recorded. ASL interpretation is available by request. Registrants will be emailed a special discount code for The New Teacher Book.