The Maxine Greene Institute
Annual Report 2021
The Maxine Greene Institute is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.
MissionThe Maxine Greene Institute promotes the philosophy of Maxine Greene and the practice of aesthetic education and social imagination
The VisionThe institute provides community activities and a virtual space for dialogue and reflection among educators, teaching artists, scholars, students, and those interested in related philosophies and practices
Executive Director: Holly Fairbank
Board of Directors: Heidi Upton, President; Susan Thomasson, Vice President; Marietta Saravia Shore, Secretary; Ruth Zealand; Amanda Gulla; Barbara Ellmann; Jean Taylor; Mark Pottinger; Carole Saltz; Alison Lehner-Quam; Steve Noonan; Meredith Smith; Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz
Board of Advisers: Pam Burnard; Michelle Fine; Janet Miller; Yolanda Medina; Michael Gillespie; David Gonzalez
Current Subscribers: above 750
This year, despite the isolating impact of the COVID pandemic, the MGI has addressed many issues and new initiatives towards developing an international community.
Report from Committees-
Executive Committee- Overseeing committees
Library- Extended and re-designed the repository of Maxine’s work and influence with the help several HS interns and Advisor Eve Hauser.
Events- Creating Salon Series. This year we have recorded two, and plan for two more this year. Exploring the possibility of creating a podcast series.
Fundraising/Grants- Examining the possibilities of international partnerships and relevant grants. Created online 104th birthday event in Maxine’s memory
International Consortium- Expanding our partnerships and relationships around the globe, and identifying advisors from higher education and arts communities
Newsletter- Upgrading, expanding and refining its information for our subscribers
Website- Upgrading, expanding and refining with the help of three interns,
Marketing & Public Relations- Extending our social media with the help of two interns and developd a YouTube channel.
I-4 conference- Developing an online version this year, focusing on our international partnerships
Partnerships and Research-
Exploring the creation of a National Committee to include scholars and activists
exploring a relationship with educational leaders to use AE (and research) as a way to address the academic and social gaps caused by the pandemic
Created parameters/ policies for international members and protocols for joining
Extending invitation/ inquiries to Germany (American Academy in Berlin); Mexico (Mexico City: Tere Quintanilla), England (Cambridge University: Pam Burnard; Cambridge Elementary School: James Biddulph, head teacher); Canada (Heather McLeod, Karen Cooper; Marika Crete-Reizes; Adam Podolski; Jenna-Leigh DiNardo)
New members: China (Beijing Educational Review):Israel (Tarbut Movement); Spain (Eugenia Bosch)
Checking Account- $9,853