Social justice curricular encounters with Linda Stein’s art are designed to be encounters with specific works or with a series of works. Each encounter begins with processes to look at, discuss, and experience Stein’s tapestries and sculpture. The processes of encountering Stein’s art may involve making art or other sensory processes as a way to engage with Stein’s art in relation to self situated in current social, political, and environmental contexts. The processes of encountering Stein’s art provide experiences that extend from and then return to Stein’s art. The encountering processes focus on upstander identity, leadership, and social justice. The purpose is to facilitate agency, empowerment, empathy, reflection, and upstander intentions.

Curricular encounters with art are processes to examine cultural-historical roots of social and environmental degradation, and to motivate upstander actions in (re)making community. Several encounters investigate visual culture as a means of communicating and perpetuating cultural values. Encounters explore the ways in which visual culture affects perceptions of self and the world, and constructs power and privilege. The encounters are processes to analyze media, advertisements, photographs, alternative media, objects, spaces, places, signs and codes as sources of power, as well as to de/en/re/code dominate cultural narratives.

Underlying all encounters is teaching towards understanding the value of diversity (e.g., culture, ethnicity, religion, race, gender, sexuality, and ability) and understanding that everyone is responsible for the well being of others. The following are ways to encounter Linda Stein’s art as catalysts toward social justice education.

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H2F2 Civic Art Education: Taking the Challenge of Change

Find Cards is a differential learning and assessment strategy that Keifer-Boyd (2014, 2013) developed in the 1970s for teaching mixed age groups from five-year-olds to elders in art galleries. When participants create Find Cards, facilitatorsRead More...
By : C-Team | Dec 22, 2016
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9-11 Memorial Encounter

Running Away/Against Biopolitical Tattooing The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on New York City left an indelible mark on the art of Linda Stein. Desperate to get away from the raging flames, black smoke,Read More...
By : C-Team | Jul 16, 2016
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Identity Exploration with Cultural Artifacts encounter

The Identity Exploration with Cultural Artifacts encounter, with the Spoon to Shell Series, begins with a discussion, while looking at the art, with others whose social class, age, gender, sexuality, and ethnicRead More...
By : C-Team | Jul 13, 2016
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Power Encounter

Power Encounter involves discussion about (dis)(em)power(ment). We will look at artists who are connecting to themes of power and narrative. We will make art that re-imagines new narratives of everyday heroism. ACTIVITIES and DISCUSSION: Power Tapestry Diagram a (Super)heroRead More...
By : C-Team | Jul 13, 2016
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Creating Interactive Stories on Becoming a Brave Upstander

Agency is a foundational concept of interactivity and the currency of game design. Create an interactive story game of the 4 Bs with the possibility of becoming a brave upstander. There is never a singleRead More...
By : C-Team | Jul 12, 2016
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Justice Encounter: To Act OR Not To Act

GOALS and OBJECTIVES explore issues of social justice and social justice activism as upstander understand why and how people take action to address injustice develop empathy for people whose experiences differ from our ownRead More...
By : C-Team | Jul 11, 2016
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From Nativist Hysteria to Upstanders

FILMS: Vienna’s LOST Daughters (2007, 87 min., director: Mirjam Unger) Nativist hysteria against Syrian refugees echoes U.S. rejection of Jewish refugees in the 1930s.(2015, 13 min., director/producer: Amy Goodman) Democracy Now: IndependentRead More...
By : C-Team | Jul 11, 2016
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Fluidity of Gender

ENCOUNTERS WITH THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN To begin, sit in a circle and ask the participants to write three words that define themselves or how they would likeRead More...
By : C-Team | Jul 6, 2016
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IDENTITY

The Identity Exploration with Cultural Artifacts encounter, with the Spoon to Shell Series, begins with a discussion, while looking at the art, with others whose social class, age, gender, sexuality, and ethnicRead More...
By : C-Team | Dec 15, 2015
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