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Bright Spark: Design Thinking for Middle and High School Students

Bright Spark: Design Thinking for Middle and High School Students

Following a couple of enthusiastically received trial runs, Jenny Whitener has launched Bright Spark, an inspirational workshop for students ages 10-16. The goal of this ...

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Second Catalyst Grant for California based Project

Second Catalyst Grant for California based Project

Gillian Squirrell reports on her latest progress with Working Dogs Working Lives, for which she has now received two Catalyst awards. Gillian writes: We have delivered multiple ...

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The RSA – What’s in it for me?

The RSA - What's in it for me?

 What do you say to people when you talk about the RSA? Do you mention visiting the RSA’s House in London to attend a great ...

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Student Design Awards 2014

Student Design Awards 2014

“Our portfolio is not defined by a particular aesthetic or technology and neither is it driven by ego. Instead, we have a fascination with tools ...

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2013 Impact Report

2013 Impact Report

Over the course of 2013, RSA-US has welcomed a cohort of more than 70 new Fellows “from all Ranks, Professions and Trades”, ranging in age ...

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2013 Benjamin Franklin Medal Presentation To Walter Isaacson

2013 Benjamin Franklin Medal Presentation To Walter Isaacson

Excerpted from remarks delivered by Danny Lopez, British Consul-General in New York, on October 8, 2013: Given the RSA is now over 250 years old, I ...

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Project Description:
Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy (CDESA) and neighboring Chattanooga Christian School (CCS) art students collaborated to create an Art Car for exhibition in the third annual Chattanooga Art Car parade on April 5th 2014. The Art Car parade is a three day event, attended by Art Car artists from all over the country and is hosted by local arts organization Art 120. Art 120 exists to enrich the Chattanooga area with “the creation, education and celebration of art”. Art 120 offered a $500 reward to the school with the best Art Car entry.

The Art Car Project was introduced simultaneously via Skype by Kate Warren, Director of Art 120. Rebecca Bass, an experienced Art Car artist and teacher, attended the initial workshop to instruct students on how to construct a safe and expressive Art Car. Students worked together to conceptualize and execute an art car around the theme of “The Game of Life”. CCS middle school art students were responsible for larger pieces incorporated into the design and CDESA elementary art students were responsible for creating smaller elements. After-school workshops were scheduled for students from both schools to work on the assemblage of the Art Car. Representatives from CCS and CDESA attended the presentation of their collaborative effort at the Art Car tailgate party and the Art Car parade.

Purpose:
To unite the communities of CCS and CDESA through a collaborative artistic experience and to support the arts in Chattanooga by participation in an annual arts event.

Acknowledgements:
The project was highly supported by CCS and CDESA administration. Both schools contributed time and resources for the duration of the project. Art Teachers’ Shaun LaRose, Gayle Ligon and Susanne Bowling encouraged student participation, guided artistic expression and coordinated project details. RSA-US supported the project through a Challenge Grant. Kate Warren and Rebecca Bass provided invaluable assistance throughout the project.

Evaluation:
The Art Car project was a huge success reaching far beyond original expectations. The project achieved it’s purpose in uniting the communities of CCS and CDESA, including students, faculty and administration. Students were positively impacted by both the process and the final product. The on-going work offered excellent “lessons” in the areas of communication, acceptance and team-work. Creating a cohesive, artistic, moving sculpture proved challenging, but rewarding. Even though the car was ever evolving, the final product was very similar to the original concept. The student artists’ were very proud of their creation and considered their work a great success. “The Game of Life” Art Car was awarded the $500 reward for “Best School Art Car”.

Student participation was relatively successful. Approximately 75 students participated in the project in some shape or form. About 15 students attended the after-school workshops. It was a continuous work that gained momentum throughout the three month process – both in interest and student participation. We believe the continuation of the project would greatly increase student participation.

Future Collaboration:
CCS and CDESA are neighboring schools, one is a private Christian school the other is a public school with a “99% free and reduced lunch” population. We believe that collaborative art projects provide opportunities for these communities to interact in a neutral, healthy, energetic environment. We will continue to offer collaborative art experiences to further bridge these communities together.

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May 9, 2014
The Brown Faculty Club
One Magee Street
Providence, RI 02912
Phone: 401-863-3023

Wine reception at 4pm ($20)
Dinner at 6pm ($35)

New England Fellows are invited to an exploratory meeting in Providence this spring on May 9, for an evening reception at the Brown Faculty Club. Fellows interested in attending should let Arthur Mark know at Arthurmarkri@gmail.com.

Arthur is a former RSA-US Trustee and the creative mind behind the international Providence-Liverpool Symposium, one of the most important projects undertaken in recent years. He is joined by Fellows Mark Motte, David Lieb, and Kresten Jespersen, and together they are working to shape a program of meetings for 2014-2015 to look at issues surrounding the growth of culture and industry in Rhode Island.

This will be a good opportunity to connect or reconnect and to find out what Fellows in your region are doing.  It is also a good time to introduce a prospective new Fellow to the network and get some new ideas to the table.

We look forward to seeing you in May when the weather improves!

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Bright Spark: Design Thinking for Middle and High School Students

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Following a couple of enthusiastically received trial runs, Jenny Whitener has launched Bright Spark, an inspirational workshop for students ages 10-16. The goal of this program is to provide the youth of Chattanooga with a truly unique educational experience that cultivates and encourages creative confidence. Students will learn to collaborate with one another and participate [...]

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Finding Ethical Alpha

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Attend the Ethical Markets/Endobility conference on Finding Ethical Alpha: Building Task Forces to Set the Course for Future Alternative Investments May 12-13 2014 St. Augustine/Jacksonville, Florida Hazel Henderson of Ethical Markets offers Fellows a discount of $175 off the full registration to attend this research conference.  The discount code to use is RSA14. The conference brings together [...]

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CCI: The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark

The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Reporting Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 151 East 25th St., 7th Floor Room 750 (between Lexington and 3rd) New York, NY 10010 Michael Goodman, FRSA, head of Corporate Communication International at Baruch College/CUNY invites Fellows to attend: Dean Starkman on [...]

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Collaborative Impact Through the RSA Fellowship

I arrived breathlessly and slightly late to an RSA Fellows social Entrepreneurs Network breakfast at RSA House last summer. My tardiness was caused in part by a sleepless night thinking about- of all things- impact measurement. I had been struggling for weeks with how I could best measure the effectiveness of the work I had [...]

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Back from the Brink

April 11, 2014 Pfizer, Inc. 235 East 42nd Street New York NY 10017 Michael Goodman, FRSA, Director of Corporate Communication International (CCI), invites Fellows to attend the 12th annual symposium on reputation hosted by Pfizer: Back from the Bring: the state of corporate communication five years after the meltdown. Michael offers a special discount to [...]

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Cecilia Chorus of New York

Fairfid M. Caudle, PHD, FRSA, FIET wants to share news of an event with other Fellows. She will be performing with The Cecilia Chorus of New York in its Spring Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concert, with chorus, orchestra, and soloists under the direction of Music Director Mark Shapiro, will take [...]

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