Teacher CPD: Creative tools for exploring belonging & cultural identity - 8 November 2021
What does it mean to be "from" somewhere? Where do you think of as "home"? Do you feel connected to more than one place? What are the things about a place that make you feel like you belong?
In this online workshop, artists Varjack-Lowry will share creative activities and tools for teachers to explore the themes of belonging and cultural identity with their students. There will be writing tasks, short performance activities, and opportunities to share personal reflections on the themes.
As Varjack-Lowry are experienced in facilitating both in-person and digital workshops, the CPD will include suggestions and considerations around how to deliver activities in person, digitally, and in hybrid formats.
Please note: participants will be asked to have their cameras on for this session, and the workshop will be recorded for Varjack-Lowry's archival purposes.
This workshop would especially suit teachers with culturally diverse student makeups and/or those who have a "relationship to foreignness".
What do we mean by that? Maybe you were born in a country outside the UK, maybe one or both of your parents were born outside of the UK, perhaps you have features, skin tone, or an accent that causes people to question where you are from, or maybe you have experience living in a country where you didn't grow up – all experiences and connections are welcome and of interest.
Varjack-Lowry is a collaboration between artists Paula Varjack and Chuck Blue Lowry that aims to develop a distinctive visual, theatrical, and participatory practice. They merge skills derived in filmmaking, theatre-making, and participation. Both Paula and Chuck have foreign mothers (Ghanian and Italian respectively) and British fathers. Both artists are based in London.
This workshop is delivered as part of Artsmark Celebration Week
Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. Join us from 08 – 12 November for Artsmark Celebration Week as we celebrate the achievements of Artsmark settings across the country!
We will be highlighting the role of arts, culture, and creativity in education, as well as the positive impact Artsmark has had on young people and their communities. Find out more about how you and your school can get involved here: https://www.anewdirection.org.uk/what-we-do/artsmark/artsmark-celebration-week