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ARTE 491/591 or EDUS 651: Arts Immersion: Culture, Education and Storytelling Students will use experiences in an arts-based, service-learning project in Guatemala as the foundation for examining relevant social and cultural issues through personal reflec
Location:
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Global Education Office and the Department of Art Education at VCU are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the visual arts through teaching and service in Guatemala. Grounded in a rich artistic tradition, various presentations, workshops and studio visits with local artists and educators will show how social and cultural conditions affect the indigenous Highland Maya. Participants will also serve as art ambassadors in local schools to facilitate creative exchange, art making and performance of original texts and stories. Students will then propose, develop and exhibit a self - directed body of work or research project connected to this experience. San Juan Comalapa, Antigua and Lake Atitlan, Guatemala 3 undergraduate or graduate credits in Art Education or Education* May 20 - June 20, 2013 Week 1 in Richmond Week 2 & in Guatemala Week 4 & 5 Independent Study in Richmond Sara Wilson McKay $1,875 (includes airfare) + tuition *Honors credit available Registration deadline: March 1, 2013

ARTE 491/591 or EDUS 651: Arts Immersion: Culture, Education and Storytelling Students will use experiences in an arts-based, service-learning project in Guatemala as the foundation for examining relevant social and cultural issues through personal reflection, education and portfolio development. Students will be immersed in the visual arts (weaving, dying, drawing, painting, and woodcarving) through teaching and service in Guatemala. Presentations, workshops and studio visits with local artists and educators will show how social and cultural conditions affect the indigenous Highland Maya. Participants will also serve as art ambassadors in local schools to facilitate art making and performance of original texts and stories. Students' journals and a class blog will document reflection and travel. Students are expected to use these reflections to develop and exhibit a self - directed body of work or research project connected to the service experience. These can be works of art, dance, drama, film shorts, animation, photography, short stories, essays, children's books, or curriculum maps.

Setting Description:
Accommodations include separate cabanas and/or dorm-style rooms for 2-4 people. All meals are included.
Cost:
Program cost: $1,875 + tuition The program fee is $1,875 and includes the following: Airfare Accommodations All meals Study visits and tours Ground transportation throughout Guatemala On-site Program Director support Pre-departure orientation International Student Identity Card VCU administrative fees Application deposit The following are not included in the program fee. Students are responsible for: Any additional travel expenses (e.g. baggage fees) Passport application fee Personal expenses

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