Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Visioning Days!! (Scroll Down to see This Project from the Beginning!)

On March 14th and 15th, 2008 we had two fun-filled "Visioning Days" where students participated in a series of activities designed to help them explore their school's common areas.

Working Playground, with Hester Street Collaborative, coordinated this project by connecting MS 131 art teachers with other partner arts organizations to create the following activities.

  • Out with the Old..In with the New
  • Photo ABC Relay
  • Dance Movement Performance Space
  • Music Moods
  • The Big Dig
Through the following activities students provided us with an abundance of creative ideas for how to incorporate arts into their shared space!

Out with the Old...In with the New

The photographs in the Commons are 25 years old-
Students study the dated photos and imagine new visuals for this space
that will reflect the school's current culture and values.

Students answer the question "If you could change or add something in the photographs, what would it be?"

PhotoABC Relay

Students prepare to go out and photograph the space-

Students move around space and capture some images

"Create a list of words beginning with each letter of the alphabet to describe what you have seen in the commons."

Dance Movement Performance Space

During this activity, students are asked to observe the potential of a live performance space,

...and share their ideas about how to design the space!

Music Moods

Students listen to five different types of music and answer the question,
"Choose the piece of music that best reflects how the Commons would feel, if you could change it."

The Big Dig

Students prepare to dig into the old planter for buried treasures that may inspire new ideas for that area.

Students dig around in the dry dry dirt... cough cough

...and find some interesting objects.

"What would you like to see it become? Why would you like to see it become this?"

End of the Day Student Reflection

"Write or sketch ideas you have had today about the Commons."

All in all a tremendously successful Visioning Day!

Next Steps:

The "Charrette"- which is creative session in which the students' ideas materialize into actual plans for transformation!

Stay tuned!

Questions/Comments? Comment back!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

School Transformation Update- February 19, 2008

Hello Everyone!

In the past month we have been working to organize the School Transformation Project at MS 131.

Our goal is to transform these common spaces into a living art gallery!

Some important dates to keep in mind:

Thursday 3/14 and Friday 3/15
Student Visioning Days
On these days students will participate in a series of activities dedicated to exploring the following:

· How do students experience the school's common spaces?
· What do students want to see?
· How will students evaluate the common spaces?

Tune in within the next couple of weeks to get detailed descriptions about these exciting activities!

  • Out With the Old...In With the New
  • Photo ABC Relay
  • The Big Dig
  • Music Moods
  • Dance Movement Performance Space

Questions about this project??
Comment back!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

School Transformation Project

This year Working Playground, the lead arts in education partner in MS 131 along with The Hester Street Collaborative, Arts in General, The Wooster Group, and Orchestra St. Lukes will be kicking off a huge initiative to transform the common spaces of MS 131!

Starting in early January 2008, students, teachers, school administration and parents of MS131 will get together to conceptualize the transformation of the school's common areas into a student created and curated multi-disciplinary art gallery.

Some important dates:
March 14th and 15th- Students will participate in different stations to generate ideas for what they would like to see in the common areas.

Below are images of what our common areas look like now. There is so much potential to make these into beautiful, enriching spaces for our students!

Main Entry

Front Hall

Cool space for some
modern images!

We can even do something with these steps!

Florescent lights! Broken!

Main Common Area

Pillars and Old Student Work (From 20 years ago!)

This piece was put here in 1984!

Some natural light in the main area- how can we use this?

This is a planter with a quilt hanging over it- and dirt and trash inside of it!

These lights have never been used-

Back Display Case

Some examples of what's in the back display case! Clay!

Back Hallway Display Case

Back Hallway definitely needs some work!

As you can see, there are quite a few changes that can be made at MS131 to transform it's common spaces into a unique art gallery.

We are excited to get this project under way!

Stay tuned for updates!