Home in the Desert

“At Home in the Desert: Youth Engagement and Place,” is three inter-related performance projects that involve young people in artmaking about their desert home. The project is a partnership between the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) Socially Engaged Practice Initiative, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix (BGCMP), The Boys and Girls and Club of the East Valley, Girl ScoutsArizona Cactus-Pine Council, and South Mountain High School.  The project began with a generous seed grant from the ASU Institute for Humanities Research as a collaboration between Elizabeth Johnson (HIDA coordinator of socially engaged practice in the arts), Melissa Britt (ASU School of Dance), Mary Fitzgerald (ASU School of Dance), Susan Griffin (South Mountain High School), Richard Mook (ASU School of Music) Tomas Stanton (performer and social activist), and Stephani Woodson (ASU School of Theatre and Film). Linda Essig (ASU School of Theatre and Film) assists with program evaluation.

Support from the National Endowment for the Arts is enabling the project to continue to engage young people in artmaking about their desert home through December 2012.

A public event will take place on December 1st, 2012 at Arizona State University Tempe Campus, 4:30 PM

For more information contact Elizabeth Johnson at Elizabeth.Johnson.2@asu.edu


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