This project's funding goal was not reached on August 20, 2012.
About this project
With our photography, cultural, linguistic, digital arts, and literacy experiences, we will create an alphabet chart with photographs of South Minneapolis to improve English literacy for youngsters living in the neighborhood.
As employees of public schools, we have been working with Spanish speaking elementary school students to help them learn letter names, shapes, and sounds. Through this process, we have been working with charts that have very outdated drawings attached to each letter. It has been a struggle trying to, not only identify the drawings, but also explain what the pictures are. The pictures are not culturally relevant to the students’ lives.
Our goal as artists is to create art that helps people work through the problems in life using creative thought processes. Every art project does not need to fit into the stereotype of what art is in today’s society. Our proposed project would be created using an artistic thought process, but would produce valuable results in areas other than art as well. A culturally relevant alphabet chart would promote cultural diversity instead of assimilation. The children would be introduced to an alphabet in English while learning with the culture they have been born into.
This project proposes to take the time to create an alphabet chart that specifically fits the needs of the children and then distribute them to the community centers in their neighborhoods. To best gain examples of real world things connected to the letters, we would walk around the neighborhood, photographing their real worlds. An example would be to replace a drawing or picture of a top for the letter “t” (which children do not play with anymore) with tortilla. This is not only relevant, but is also the same word in both languages. The photographs would then be formatted appropriately with each letter and sized appropriately for colorful high quality alphabet charts. The budget for this project will be used almost entirely for printing costs. These alphabet charts would be available for distribution to families at community center events.
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