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Miami-Dade County Public Schools Collaboration with Inspicio Arts Supports M-DCPS Teachers

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Collaboration with Inspicio Arts Supports M-DCPS Teachers

 

 

 

 

 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and Florida International University’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) have collaborated to develop a singularly effective supplemental instructional tool for secondary school teachers. This instructional initiative is based on CARTA’s transformational publication platform, Inspicio Arts, and its library of over 250 video interviews with impactful people from all art disciplines, yielding 5,000+ individual video clips because of Inspicio Arts’ unique presentation mode.  Most of the interviewees either grew up in South Florida, went to school in South Florida, or  work and live in South Florida.  However, many of the interviewees also have national and international recognition.

The video interviews listed below have been curated and mapped to monthly teaching themes identified by M-DCPS (for example: National Hispanic Heritage Month, National Women’s History Month, National Poetry Month, National Black History Month, Earth Day, Haitian Heritage Month).  Teachers are free to determine how best to use Inspicio Arts video clips to augment their curricula, for example: show one 30 second video clip in the classroom to illustrate a particular point; or assign a whole video interview as homework, with questions to be answered in writing.  STORYTELLING, the best way to communicate ideas, is at the heart of the Inspicio Arts videos, thereby making the learning experience even more engaging for participating students.

It should be emphasized that Inspicio Arts content is beneficial to all students, not just art students.  As Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said in an Inspicio Arts video interview:  “Education without arts education is malpractice.”

 

 

OCTOBER:

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

 

Click Here to Access 9 Video Interviews

 

Watch these video interviews, presented in Inspicio Arts’ unique format, and select elements to use in the classroom, as homework assignments, or to generate discussion about Hispanic Heritage Month:

  • SANDRA RAMOS — award-winning visual artist
  • RICHARD BLANCO — 5th Presidential Inaugural Poet
  • MARÍA ELENA ORTIZ — fine arts curator
  • TONY SUCCAR — two-time Latin Grammy Award recipient
  • LOURDES LOPEZ — legendary ballet dancer, Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet
  • BERNARDO FORT-BRESCIA — a founding principal of Arquitectonica, creator of iconic buildings worldwide
  • TANYA BRAVO — founder of the Juggerknot Theatre, creator of “Miami Motel Stories”
  • JUAN FELIPE HERRERA — from migrant farm labor camps to U.S. Poet Laureate
  • ALEXANDRA CODINA — filmmaker, creator of “Paper Children”

 

 

NOVEMBER:

HOLOCAUST EDUCATION WEEK

 

Click Here to Access 9 Video Interviews

 

Watch these video interviews, presented in Inspicio Arts’ unique format, and select elements to use in the classroom, as homework assignments, or to generate discussion about Holocaust Education Week:

  • ART SPIEGELMAN– Pulitzer Prize winning New Yorker magazine cartoonist
  • PATRICIA POSNER — author, The Pharmacist of Auschwitz
  • MURRAY ZIMILES — artist, The Holocaust and The Book of Fire
  • ELIZABETH GELMAN — executive director of The Florida Holocaust Museum
  • JOSHUA GREENE — filmmaker, author of several Survivor biographies
  • MERLE SAFERSTEIN — director of educational outreach at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center for 26 years
  • GERALD POSNER — the best-selling author of 14 books, including Mengele: The Complete Story, and Hitler’s Children:  Sons and Daughters of Third Reich Leaders.
  • BARI WEISS — journalist (New York Times) and author
  • IGOR SHTEYRENBERG — executive director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF)

 

 

DECEMBER:

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

 

Click Here to Access 9 Video Interviews

 

Watch these video interviews, presented in Inspicio Arts’ unique format, and select elements to use in the classroom, as homework assignments, or to generate discussion about Human Rights Day:

  • ERIC BOGOSIAN — Armenian-American actor, dramatist, monologuist, novelist, and historian
  • KATHY SHORR — photographer & author of SHOT, 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America
  • IKÉ UDÉ — photographer/performance artist, artist/spectator, African/post-nationalist, mainstream/marginal, individual/everyman
  • CANDACY TAYLOR — photographer and cultural documentarian, author of Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America
  • JUDITH EHRLIC — documentary filmmaker of anti-war trilogy
  • LARISSA MACFARQUHAR — New Yorker writer, author of Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help
  • DAVID NEW — artist, activist for people with disabilities
  • ANGELIKA RINNHOFER — photographer, conceptual artist
  • JIM MORIN — cartoonist, 3-time Pulitzer Prize recipient

 

 

JANUARY:

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR MONTH

FLORIDA JEWISH HISTORY MONTH

 

Click Here to Access 9 Video Interviews

 

Watch these video interviews, presented in Inspicio Arts’ unique format, and select elements to use in the classroom, as homework assignments, or to generate discussion about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Florida Jewish History Month:

  • THE HAMPTON HOUSE — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr stayed here.  Arguably the most important crossroads in African-American history
  • SUSAN GLADSTONE — Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
  • ZACHARY BALBER — photographer
  • CARLA BERKOWITZ — film producer, Critical Thinking
  • DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR — when he stayed at the home of Alastair Gordon
  • MIRA LEHR — artist
  • JONATHAN PLUTZIK — created a cultural Mecca at The Betsy Hotel
  • LYNNE GOLOB GELFMAN — artist
  • FREDRICK KAUFMAN — composer of 130 pieces performed by orchestras worldwide, author of The African Roots of Jazz

 

 

FEBRUARY:

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 

Click Here to Access 9 Video Interviews

 

Watch these video interviews, presented in Inspicio Arts’ unique format, and select elements to use in the classroom, as homework assignments, or to generate discussion about Black History Month:

  • WINSTON SCOTT — former NASA astronaut, retired U.S. Navy captain, and an excellent jazz musician who performed at The Hampton House
  • NICOLE HENRY — award-winning American Jazz singer
  • FRANKLIN SIRMANS — Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
  • KHALILAH ALI — widow of Muhammed Ali
  • ROBERT BATTLE — Dancer, choreographer Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • ROSIE GORDON-WALLACE — founded the Diaspora Vibe Culture Arts Incubator (DVCAI)
  • LUDLOW BAILEY — founder and Managing Director of CADA, (Contemporary African Diaspora Art)
  • DR. YANELA G. MCLEOD, PhD — author, The Miami Times and the Fight for Equality: Race, Sport, and the Black Press, 1948- 1958
  • THE HISTORIC HAMPTON HOUSE — arguably the most important crossroads in African-American history

 

 

MARCH:

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

 

Click Here to Access 9 Video Interviews

 

Watch these video interviews, presented in Inspicio Arts’ unique format, and select elements to use in the classroom, as homework assignments, or to generate discussion about Women’s History Month:

  • JANE ALEXANDER —  Academy Award & Tony Award winning actress and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts
  • KATJA ESSON — Academy Award nominated filmmaker
  • SUZANNE DELEHANTY — director of five museums in five cities
  • JANE LEAVY — sports journalist and author of the 3 best baseball biographies (Sandy, Mickey, & the Babe)
  • MICHELE OKA DONER — maker of sculpture, furniture, jewelry, public art, functional objects, video, costume and set design
  • PAT BOSCH — Design Director of the Miami office of Perkins + Will (international architects)
  • PAT MITCHELL — lifelong advocate for women and girls in TV, theatre, and film.  Oscar-nominated producer.
  • ELISA TURNER — award-winning art critic
  • GAIL SHEEHY — iconic author, journalist, and lecturer; she is the author of 17 books, including Passages

 

 

APRIL:

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

EARTH DAY

 

Click Here to Access 9 Video Interviews

 

Watch these video interviews, presented in Inspicio Arts’ unique format, and select elements to use in the classroom, as homework assignments, or to generate discussion about National Poetry Month:

  • JUAN FELIPE HERRERA — U.S. Poet Laureate
  • MARIE HOWE — State of New York Poet Laureate
  • BILLY COLLINS — U.S. Poet Laureate
  • DENISE DUHAMEL — award-winning poet
  • CAMPBELL MCGRATH — poet, MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” recipient
  • CAROLYN FORCHÉ — a celebrated American poet, editor, professor, memoirist, essayist, translator, and a human rights advocate
  • MARK DOTY — a poet, essayist, and memoirist. He received the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008
  • SAVANNAH CRISTINA — a singer, songwriter, and spoken word poet from South Florida
  • P. SCOTT CUNNINGHAM — poet, founder and director of O, Miami, an organization that celebrates Miami through the lens of poetry

 

 

EARTH DAY

 

Click Here to Access 9 Video Interviews and Stories

 

Watch these video interviews, presented in Inspicio Arts’ unique format, and select elements to use in the classroom, as homework assignments, or to generate discussion about Earth Day:

  • XAVIER CORTADA — his science-art practice is oriented toward social engagement and the environment
  • MICHELE OKA DONER — maker of sculpture, furniture, jewelry, public art, functional objects, video, costume and set design
  • DAVID RIFKIND — architect, who says “Let’s make Miami a net zero metropolis
  • BARBARA DE VRIES — international model, designer, environmental activist, converts ocean plastic to jewelry
  • ALASTAIR GORDON — author, journalist — discusses plans to save Miami from sea level rise
  • LYNNE BUCHANAN — photographer — her work is focused on raising awareness about changing ecologies due to human impact and climate change
  • JAMES GILBERT — co-founder of the International Seakkeepers Society — author of “The Admiral”
  • GRETCHEN SCHARNAGL — artist and environmental activist
  • MICHAEL KLARE — author of The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change

 

 

MAY:

HAITIAN HERITAGE MONTH

CUBAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

 

Click Here to Access 9 Video Interviews

 

Watch these video interviews, presented in Inspicio Arts’ unique format, and select elements to use in the classroom, as homework assignments, or to generate discussion about Haitian Heritage Month and Cuban Independence Day:

  • M.J. FIEVRE — author, poet, editor
  • CARL-PHILIPPE JUSTE — photographer
  • FIRELEI BÁEZ — artist
  • NAT CHEDIAK — founder of the Miami International Film Festival, 2 time Grammy Award recipient
  • LEONOR ANTHONY — artivist
  • ORLANDO GARCIA — contemporary classical composer, conductor, educator
  • VICTOR DEUPI — architect, historian, educator
  • JUAN SANCHEZ — playwright
  • JUANA VALDES — multi-disciplined artist