NEU GIRLS is an innovative approach to education by engaging youth through a holistic, multi-disciplinary learning experience within the visual and literary arts. The generative and collaborative curriculum provides a wide-array of hands-on projects that thrive on youth developing interpersonal, reflective thinking, research and problem solving skills in the processes of photography, printmaking, zine-making and exhibition design. Youth collaborate on projects that require organized process, repetitive labor and work ethic; in order to achieve the final product they must between themselves decide the most efficient production method. By discovering a collective approach youth will utilize several of the Remake Learning Competencies such as clear communication, prototyping, systems thinking and open-mindedness to successfully implement multiple design processes.
Youth will mount a final exhibition at Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center opening May 31, 2016. To successfully organize the exhibition, marketing and installation of works youth will work closely with art installers and curtators to critique their work, compile and prototype the show before the final mounting. On May 10th, youth will connect with Ebony Harris from LEVELS professional development group to map out personal goals, create vision boards and focus on strategic thinking to put it all into action. Creative thinkers are a valuable asset to various businesses and the final portfolios and REMAKE Learning Badges will represent each girls newly cultivated knowledge and skills. The comprehensive portfolios compiled at the end of the NEU GIRLS program represent student activities, accomplishments and achievements that demonstrate growth over time, offering an alternative authentic assessment for future employers, and higher educational opportunities such as Pittsburgh’s CAPA Magnet Arts middle and high school. NEU GIRLS emphasizes the understanding of various capabilities to organize and execute courses of action required to manage prospective situations in the arts and life.
This program is designed for Northside Girls 8-18 years old specifically targeting the East Deutschtown, Spring Garden, Spring Hill and Northview Heights neighborhoods and communities.