Monday, June 16, 2014

TAVP in the Classroom: International School of the Americas Hosts Year-Long Course

Photo of students from International School of the Americas in San Antonio

TAVP in the Classroom: 
International School of the Americas Hosts Year-Long Course

Over the years, TAVP has had the pleasure of collaborating with educators at a variety of institutions. From St. Mary's University in San Antonio, to the University of Texas at Austin, to Southwestern University, we've marveled at the creative ways professors have incorporated materials into their lesson plans. 

But beginning in Fall 2014, TAVP is taking the collaboration to a new level and into a new arena: secondary education! 

We are pleased to announce an elective course offered at the International School of the Americas, a public magnet in San Antonio, for academic year 2014 - 2015. The course will be co-taught by artist Mark Menjivar and history teacher Ryan Sprott. 

Using video oral histories created by the Texas After Violence Project, the class will begin with an exploration of the capital punishment system through diverse perspectives. During the first semester, students will participate in guided encounters with the TAVP archive and related dialogue-based and research-based activities.

In the spring semester, attention will shift to examining artistic projects that focus on incarceration and capital punishment in order to find ways to artistically share the new narratives the students and instructors collectively develop. 

By the end of the year, the class will have produced its own artistic archive in response to their engagements with the Texas After Violence materials. 

We look forward to seeing where this educational journey will take us!

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