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CAPE: Space and Identity in Art and Learning Symposium

June 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) and Borderless Studio will present a symposium on Saturday, June 1, 2019, in conjunction with CAPE’s annual Convergence exhibition of in-school student artwork.  The symposium, titled Space and Identity in Art, Science, and Learning, will explore ways in which teaching and making art intersect to create and evolve space inside and outside schools.  Taking a central idea from CAPE’s article in the forthcoming book Negotiating Place and Space through Digital Literacies, symposium presenters and participants will unveil how in creating space, students, teachers, artists, architects, scientists and community members also create identity. Borderless Studio’s series of dialogues and social engagements around closed Chicago public schools also provides a model for the day. Four themes will be featured during the day, divided into three panels on Digital Space; Special Education: Public Spaces and Public Identities; Defining Social Spaces and Identities; and an interactive workshop on Institutional/Built Space.  The symposium is organized and facilitated by Mark Diaz, Joseph Spilberg, and Scott Sikkema, CAPE, and Paola Aguirre, Borderless Studio. See the Eventbrite link for the list of panelists and workshop leaders.


June 1, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Great Space
400 South Peoria Street 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607 United States


Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
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