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    December 2017 Archive

    Meet the Teaching Artist - Christian Fusco

    Posted Saturday December 16 2017 at 8:53 pm in Education

    Christian Fusco

    I am an artist-educator.  As an artist, I use anthropomorphic animals in illustrations, comics, and animations as a vehicle for self-expression, as these characters veil reality in a way I find more comfortable to make, as well as for viewers to consume.  I believe that by engaging in artmaking about one's many faces, people can explore uniquely personal realms of feeling and social understanding.

    I use my art practice as an opportunity to test my morality.  I ask myself, "What would I really do in this situation?" and often make my character choose something uncharacteristic of me, in order to ponder the potential results and repercussions.  I also work to illustrate the world around me in a way that fosters a convincing sensation of place, concerning both private and public spaces.  I explore the idea of the persona, as well as the nature of intimate spaces.

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    Boston Ballet's All Access Performance of The Nutcracker

    Posted Sunday December 10 2017 at 3:07 pm in Cultural Inclusion

    Nutcracker Performance

    Boston Ballet's first ever All Access Performance of "The Nutcracker" will take place Tuesday, December 19 2017 at 7:30 pm at Boston Opera House.

    Additional accommodations and supports make this performance more accessible for individuals with disabilities and those who would benefit from:

    - A digital "Social Story" to preview the Opera House experience and story of The Nutcracker
    - Live audio-described performance
    - Audio enhanced equipment provided
    - Large print Playbills
    - ASL interpretation
    - Specialized seating options

    BONUS TOUCH TOUR: Those going to the performance are invited to attend a Touch Tour at 19 Clarendon Street on Sunday, December 17 2017 at 2 pm that allows participants to physically and tactilely experience elements of the show including props, costumes, and characters.

    Tickets are $35 - mention the All-Access Performance when you call the Box Office at 617-695-6955.

    Beyond the Spectrum - MFA Boston

    Posted Monday December 04 2017 at 5:56 pm in Cultural Inclusion

    Students at the MFA

    Museum of Fine Arts Boston invites you to Beyond the Spectrum, a specially designed program for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    Classes meet on select Saturdays from 10:30am - 12:30pm.  Each class lasts an hour and a half and combines gallery exploration with an art-making activity.  Cost is $9 per student (includes materials and Museum admission).

    Beyond the Spectrum (age 8-12)
    Classes feature a structured gallery tour led by an experienced instructor, followed by a creative art-making workshop.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  Classes meet one Saturday per month - February 2, 2019; March 2, 2019.

    Beyond the Spectrum Teen Studio (age 13-18)
    Classes focus on specific art topics and incorporate discussion, critical inquiry, and sketching in the galleries.  Students then work independently on a project with guidance from an experienced instructor.  Caregivers and parents are welcome, but are not required to attend.  Classes meet one Saturday per month - January 19, 2019; February 16, 2019.

    Visit the MFA website for more info and to purchase tickets.  Email artfulhealing@mfa.org for questions.

    Meet the Teaching Artist - Dani Patrick

    Posted Monday December 04 2017 at 3:55 pm in Education

    Dani Patrick - self portrait

    I am a visual artist, dancer and educator.  As a Teaching Artist, I use interactive community building activities, structured self-reflection and thematic exploration to create spaces for learners to explore and express who they are, connect with each other, and build socio-emotional skills.  After studying art, dance, and gender studies at Wesleyan University, I worked at REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, where I engaged young people in conversations about dating violence and supported them in building socio-emotional skills necessary for healthy relationships.

    My work as an art educator centers around creating spaces for people of all ages to connect, learn, and grow through art.  I believe that everyone deserves to be heard and seen for who they are.  Art has the capacity to help us access and share the parts of ourselves we might not otherwise and therefore connect on a deeper level.  As an artist, I utilize various media including painting, drawing and collage to explore trans identity and the interplay of nature and the internal emotional environment.  I also bring interactive arts and movement based workshops to youth programs and other organizations across the Boston area (including Somerville Arts at the Armory and The Democracy Center) through my freelance art education business, Building Connection through Creative Exploration.

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