SOCIAL IMAGINATION IN THE WORLD
Please meet Jethro Gillespie, high school art teacher in Utah. He describes himself here:
I am not a politician or a businessman or a real estate guy. I am not in charge of policy decisions. But I am a teacher, and I am in charge of helping young students learn, grow and expand their awareness of and build connections to their place in the world.
Jethro contacted us at MGI, telling the story of how his experience with Maxine and her writing inspired this work, and how Maxine continutes to inspire and support his own social imagination. His recent work, called Pencil Effigy, was an event that called attention to the plight of arts education funding in his home state.
Again, in his own words:
I became aware of Maxine Greene and her work during my graduate studies. I felt especially tuned-in and connected to her work because of her advocacy of the arts within the context of general education. As a public school art teacher for the past 13 years, I've always felt like the arts curriculum I designed contained a special capacity to engage students in a meaningful way.
Many of my colleagues who teach other subjects are not positioned to enjoy this capacity the same way I do--I feel very lucky to be an art teacher. I had always felt a special kinship with Dr. Greene, and then I found out she would be at the symposium at NYU (which I mention in my pencil effigy speech), the "mindful glance" she gave to me was truly thrilling, and I will always regard that transformational moment in my career with deep and sincere respect.
As I was reflecting on my own educational journey, it hit me like a "eureka" moment to include that memory as a central aspect of this project, especially as it relates to what I refer to as "Utah's ugliest statistic" (ranked 51st in the nation in per-pupil spending for public education).
Join the conversation around Jethro's work by going to the link "read more" below.