Tuesday, November 20th 10:30 – 12:00 & 1:30 – 3:00 — Our Albuquerque Group Installation
To gain insight into the social tapestry of the city our class read Rudolfo Anaya’s book, Albuquerque, over a period of six weeks. Through the novel students explored themes of conflict, identity and ambition. Intended as a precursor to our next trimester’s project (a re-design of Albuquerque) the class focused on cultural identity in connection to the land as place. In preparation for exploring future economic and social needs of our city, students met with Mayor Richard Berry and John Garcia (Director of Economic Development) to ask questions about “ABQ, the Plan”, questions that will inform our 2nd and 3rd trimester projects. In the first trimester, students began the discussion with an introduction to New Mexico’s geology and geography, culminating in the creation of two large 3-dimensional topographical models of the physical landscape. After practicing reading strategies in focused groups to complete the novel, students studied elements of poetry for the purpose of directing one-minute bilingual videos describing various locations throughout the city. These films are to be sewn together to create a collective film, projected onto the map as a visual art piece.
QUESTIONS FOR JUDGES:
Did you find students to be professional and engaging?
Did you hear content vocabulary related to poetry and Spanish?
Were students able to explain what they learned in the project?