El Museo del Barrio Collaboration (VIDEO and INTERVIEW)
In 2014, City and Country School collaborated with El Museo del Barrio on a workshop and a public event that rethought the concept of museums and cities as sites of educational experiences. A video of that collaboration, along with a fascinating Q&A with Jane Clarke, Director of Lower School, has now been made available.
These activities were conceived and coordinated by C&C Assistant Teacher Dumit Estevez (VIIsT) as part of his greater project, "Office Hours," an art project centered around social interactions.
At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, City and Country School hosted two block workshops for staff and educators of El Museo del Barrio run by teachers Debbie Severin (IIIsD) and Erin Teesdale (VIsE) and Director of Lower School Jane Clarke.
The staff and educators reflected on what they learned over the summer, and then worked with Dumit to create an event this past Wednesday, “El Museo as Classroom/City as School,” where they shared what they learned (and built structures) with outside educators and community partners. Jane gave the closing remarks.
Participants used cardboard and other recycled material to work together on projects that pondered how neighborhoods change, and how those changes effect issues of power, class, gender, and race.
"El Museo as Classroom/City as School" celebrated C&C founder Caroline Pratt's contributions to progressive education and El Museo del Barrio's founder Rafael Montañez Ortíz's emphasis on the museum's pedagogical role.