Hexagon Project Goes National

Hexagon Project
Celebrating Five Years of Hexagons

Hexagon Project

Beth Burkhauser presenting at National Conference

Michael S. Taluto

Hexagon Project Going National

Scranton, PA: As the Hexagon Project celebrates their fifth year, Co-founder Beth Burkhauser, a local educator will make a presentation at National Art Education Conference, Seattle Washington on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. “Global Interdependence and Art Education: Where Hexagons Make the Connection” is the title for the presentation.

According to Burkhauser, “This is a timely and relevant project for art, social studies and language arts educators and very motivating for church groups, after school and community programs that deal with service learning and community service. Target group: youth, ages 10 – 18 years”

The Interdependence Hexagon Project: is a critical and timely concept is ripe for formulating big questions which provides the opportunity to understand the ways in which the arts can be vehicles for empathy, connection and construction of meaning. Students create in any media, using a downloadable hexagonal template or multiple templates. The presentation will both demonstrate and invite teachers to facilitate individual or team research exploring processes for creatively engaging students with complex issues of interdependence: global and local citizenry; rights and responsibilities; transcending stereotypes; exploring ways to coexist creatively and collaboratively; democratic principles and environment. Participation in the 2011 project deadline is June 30, 2011 for the September exhibit.

The exhibit will take place in Scranton, PA, opening on First Friday, September 2, 2011. Place to be announced. Website resources [www.interdependencedaynepa.org]: research bibliography, Interdependence Handbook essays, prospectus, templates are all available on the group’s website. Also connections to the Hexagon Project can be made on social media such as facebook, wordpress, twitter and linkedin. The project was featured in two School Arts Magazine articles in 2009 and 2010.

Burkhauser made note that the goal for the project is to take it international and to have students worldwide participated. In the past, students from Canada, Nepal, Haiti have create hexagons.
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