Peggy Ann Richards New School Lectures-Audubon Workshop
Peggy Ann Richards Lecture Series
The New School for Social Research
PART ONE: April 22; PART TWO; April 29th, 3-5pm
Part One: April 22nd @ The New School:, 3-5pm
Join us for an investigaion of how art, community and activism find expression in a public project.
In Part One of this Two Part Event, artist Barbara Ellmann will lead participantsin activities that begin to focus attention on aesthetic aspects of the Audubon Mural Project.
Part Two: April 29th The Audubon Mural Project Field Trip and Workshop, 3-5pm
Part Two of this Two Part Event will include a field trip to the project itself, as participants are led to think more deeply about the complex nature of art, community and activism.
Logistic details will be provided prior to event.
$10 donation each event.
Peggy Ann Richards passed away on May 11, 2017. A teacher herself whew s truly inspired by teacher, philosopher, scholar and feminist Dr. Maxine Greene. As a result, Peggy became instrumental in expanding professional development opportunities for numerous teachers through Dr, Greene’s Aesthetic Education Philosophy.
The annual Peggy Ann Richards Lecture series has been established at the Maxine Greene Institute by Peggy’s family, friends and colleagues in recognition of her long and dedicated commitment to children and the teachings of her colleague and friend, Dr. Maxine Greene.
Peggy Richards was born May 29, 1935 in Easton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Kathleen (McCann) and Charles W. Richards. She attended Hood College and graduated from East Stroudsburg State College. An extraordinary gifted and caring teacher and mentor to both children and adults, Peggy taught in New Rochelle, Croton-Harmon and Larchmont, New York school districts. An expert in the Open Classroom philosophy, she was affiliated with the Sarah Lawrence College “Art of Teaching” program, Lincoln Center and Teacher’s College Columbia University’s Aesthetic Education Programs led by Dr. Maxine Greene. She worked as a teacher trainer throughout the Westchester and Long Island school systems, as well as with the Humanistic Education Development Department, Albany, New York. An avid environmentalist, she also completed courses of instruction in Ecology at the National Audubon Society Center and participated in the Society’s Environmental Studies in Connecticut, Maine, and Wisconsin. These experiences became a major part of her classrooms.
At her retirement Peggy finally became a full-time Roxbury resident, settling into the home that she and her partner Judith built in 1971. She became active in the Roxbury Democratic Committee, Friends of The Roxbury Library - co-founding the Junior Friends of the Library, the Animal Welfare Society, Save the Children and Kids Take the Stage for the New Milford School District. Peggy ran numerous programs for the Senior Center and until shortly before her death happily served as greeter and waitress for the Center’s “Soups On” lunch program. She loved music and art, enjoyed golf and swimming and was a #1 Yankee fan! Peggy lovingly cared for her family and leaves them all with an abundance of happy memories.
Peggy’s numerous family, friends and colleagues will remember her bright smile and kindness and how she was able to “impart wonder.” Peggy’s feline “boys” Charlie and Jacob already miss her.
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