5.30.2006

damn i wish...

i was a chicago public school teacher right about now. cuz, the Museum of Contemporary art is sponsoring a paid summer institute for chicago public school teachers focused on green architecture/renewable resources. wtf. timing is a bitch.

The Institute will introduce teachers to the ideas presented in the MCA’s upcoming exhibition Massive Change: The Future of Global Design. The exhibition asks, “Now that we can do anything, what will we do?” Design affects all aspects of our lives and holds the possibility of changing the very nature of human life itself. Massive Change is a celebration of the human capacity to change the world and a call to recognize both the power and the responsibility of design. The exhibition addresses the fundamental role of design in all aspects of human life including providing shelter for all, bringing energy to the entire world, eliminating the need for raw material and banishing all waste, and eradicating poverty.

Institute participants will explore these ideas through cross-disciplinary field trips, speakers and hands- on activities. The whole metropolitan area will be our classroom. Possible components include meeting the curator of Massive Change, Bruce Mau, touring City Hall’s roof top garden, visiting a newly constructed green home, learning about contemporary artists working with ideas of change, riding a Segway and experiencing its radical design, and visiting a planned community. The goal is for teachers to be ready to return to their schools to inspire their students to become agents of change by starting an after school Change Makers Club and by infusing these ideas into their curriculum. We welcome teachers from all disciplines and the formats of the clubs can reflect the students’ interests and the teacher’s specialties. A Change Makers Club could look like an art club or a science club. The only requirement is a focus on the potential for change in designing our world.

The Institute will be limited to 20 Chicago Public High School teachers from any discipline. Participants are eligible for 3 hours of Lane credit and CPDU’s.
Participants will be paid a stipend of $350 for participating in and completing the two week Institute. Lunch and transportation to all sites will be provided each day of the Institute. Participants may be eligible to receive up to $1000 dollars in in-kind resources and materials from the Department of the Environment for their after school club projects. email education_consultant_1@mcachicago.org or call 312-397- 4067 for info. the app is due tomorrow. WEDNESDAY.