Online Guest Talk: The Talisman Project: Artifacts of Growth Mindset, with Nina Bellisio

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

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Nov 29

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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The understanding of Growth Mindset, or the concept that our capacity to learn is not fixed, is a significant equalizer for underserved or underrepresented students.

The Talisman Project was developed as a way to engage students with new technology and to provide a platform for them to access their awareness of learning. Using 3D modeling and printing, students create artifacts to represent a growth experience. This talisman acts as a physical representation of the acquisition of knowledge, hopefully enabling future growth and success. In this workshop we will talk more about these ideas and you will create your own talisman for a future exhibit at Gottesman Library.

Nina Bellisio is Associate Professor of Visual Communications at St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York. She joined the faculty there in 2011 after teaching art and design for 10 years at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco. In her multiple roles at St. Thomas Aquinas College: faculty member, Innovation Coordinator, and Assistant Dean of Curriculum, she works to integrate technology into learning and to incorporate design thinking practices into interdisciplinary curriculum. Nina holds a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a doctoral student of Creative Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University where her area of research is gender bias in the designed environment.

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The vision of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is to generate a movement with committed social artivists in response to historic global unrest. Artivism aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence, however you define these terms. The goal of this initiative is to nurture confidence in taking continuous action from wherever you are by means of reciprocity.

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is a collaboration between Adelphi University; Gottesman Libraries, Teachers Colege, Columbia University; and Sing for Hope.

Artivism: The Power of Art Social Transformation, grew out of Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Teachers College alumni Courtney Weida and Carolina Cambronero-Varela, and Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, of Adelphi University. "The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Greene (2000), who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration."

-- Publisher's Description


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