Expanded Art Ideas (EAI) collaborates with middle and high school communities, providing innovative artistic programming to approximately 200 students annually since the program’s inception in 2001. Creating is a tool for telling a story, processing experiences and bringing imagination to life. The journey through middle and high school can be a time of great upheaval and questioning and often a Visiting Artist can connect and inspire students in unique ways that expand beyond day-to-day school structures, providing exposure to professional artists, performance and exhibition opportunities and dynamic inquiry-based projects. Expanded Art Ideas consists of four courses that encourage middle school students to develop new artistic strategies and can encourage students to translate these skills into an arts-focused high school education, and beyond.
Art and Literacy: Poetry is an artist residency that has been developed as a core component of Expanded Art Ideas. This 10-week residency involves the entire 8th grade at P.S. 140 and provides students in the inclusive classroom with resources and instruction in the literary arts. Working closely with Humanities curricula and staff, the residency focuses on the social and political role that poetry has played through the last century, along with the literary devices that make a poem. In the past, students have explored personal experience and experimented with a variety of poetic triggers including collage, parataxis, ekphrasis, overheard sound and conversation, observation on walks, photography, collaboration and shape poetry. Students self-select work for publication by Artists Space, accompanied by visual contributions from our other programs. Students are introduced to performance as a significant means of artistic expression through media and visiting artists, and are encouraged to participate in YAP: Young Artist Perform, a day of performance poetry for the school and community audience.
Teaching Artists are paid as consultants based on experience. The position will start mid-January 2022.