Proposed Project Seeking Grant Funding.
Working in collaboration with
local non-profit arts organizations and educational institutions this project
will reach out to young female students and diverse populations of artists to interpret
the cultural heritage of their region currently endangered by environmental,
social, and political concerns.
Utilizing contemporary digital
technologies in our working sessions, we can share with the rest of the nation,
and indeed, the rest of the world, the vital artistic heritage necessary for a diverse
digitally mediated future.
Time in country working with local participants
will be an opportunity to deepen the understanding of the country’s unique contemporary
environment, its social and political tensions, and its artistic heritage as
shared by local artists.
In skill share workshops I’ll work directly with
participants to create digital animations, projections, and installations that
speak to the rich cultural heritage.
The focus of the work will be customized to the existing skills and
expertise of the selected participants. During working sessions participants will
share answers to questions critical to the creative process. It is these questions
that provide the most direct route to achieving our goal of increasing mutual
understanding at a personal level.
Through a series of digital videoconferences participants
will also be introduced to their emergent American counterparts utilizing contemporary
technologies and practices that reinforce the role of culture as a vector for
sustainable development and poverty reduction.
The nature of the tools being utilized to
produce this project lend to an online dialogic space congenial to artists,
students, casual readers, and scholars alike. All content produced will be made available online as well as on a mobile application. In this online environment we
will provide content in English as well as the native language of the host
country to achieve the goal of increased understanding of these countries’
unique landscapes and rich cultural traditions.
Additional grant funding will be
sought to bring this project to additional regions at risk for environmental,
social, and political degradation.