Collaborations with Artist-Educators: The 2022 Durham School of the Arts Fall Festival
Lou Brown, El’Ja Bowens, Amber Carroll Santibañez
In Fall 2022 Durham School of the Arts held its 11th Annual Fall Art Festival, Día de los Muertos. In Fall 2022 Durham School of the Arts held its 11th Annual Fall Art Festival, Día de los Muertos. The Festival, founded and co-directed by DSA visual art teacher Amber Carroll Santibañez, creates a space to honor and celebrate ancestors, families, and communities while also encouraging students to reflect on their own legacies and the ancestors they will become. Since 2018, the Forum for Scholars and Publics has provided support, in various forms, for the festival. For the 2022 festival, the Forum supported artist residencies at Duke and at DSA for two artists El'Ja Bowens and Jamaica Gilmer to collaborate with teachers and students engaged in legacy focused storytelling. In this session, Santibañez and Lou Brown of the Forum for Scholars and Publics, will discuss the processes and products of their collaboration, including an exploration of the challenges, opportunities, and payoffs of working across vastly different institutional and personal structures and norms.
Civic Engagement/Social Action, Diversity/Inclusion, Humanities, Social Sciences, Visual and Creative Arts