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Community Education Upcoming Events

HerStory Institute Summer Cinema Series: The HerStory Institute presents a summer cinema series of films in the Watkins Theater beginning in May 2014. This partnership between Community Education and Her Point of View, an international arts and entertainment festival supporting the creative work of women, will deliver thought provoking and entertaining films that highlight the writing, producing, directing, cinematography, production design and editing in films created by women. The series will screen a range of features, shorts and documentary films including but not limited to independent and foreign films, classics, and festival favorites. In addition, the HerStory Institute will deliver monthly panels and/or workshops for film aficionados who desire a deeper understanding of the art and craft of film. Stay tuned!

Upcoming Screenings:

Saturday August 23

Justice for Sale Name & FilmmakersJustice for Sale
5pm
JUSTICE FOR SALE follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” in her country. When she investigates the case of a soldier convicted of rape, she becomes convinced his trial was unfair and uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are ignored—and when the system fails, everyone becomes a victim. The DOC not only provides a glimpse into the failings of the Congolese judicial system but also raises questions about the role of the international community and non-governmental organizations in reforming it.

Pushing the ElephantPushing the Elephant Name Only
7:30pm
In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost her family and home to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. When war came to Rose’s village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose managed to escape with nine of her ten children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. Over a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the US where they must face the past and build a new future. As mother and daughter get to know one another, they must come to terms with a painful past, and define what it means to be a survivor, a woman, a refugee and an American.  Through this intimate family portrait unfolding against the wider drama of war, we explore the long-term and often hidden effects of war on women and families, particularly those in traditional societies—financial despair, increased susceptibility to rape, and social ostracism. PUSHING THE ELEPHANT captures one of the most important stories of our age, a time when genocidal violence is challenged by the moral fortitude and grace of one woman’s mission for peace.

Her Point of View Arts & Entertainment Festival

August 28—August 31
Times and costs vary
With the help of Watkins Community Education, Her Point of View will conduct a four-day international arts and entertainment festival complete with master classes, workshops, panels, independent films, fine arts gallery, live music events, industry parties and plenty of networking mixers. Filmmakers and other TV, film, music, art and entertainment professionals, as well as the general public, are invited to participate in the event. Join us to celebrate, highlight and support the work of female artists from around the world.

For more information about the films, including trailers, visit www.herpointofview.tv. To purchase tickets please visit www.herpointofview.tv/tickets. For more information about Her Point of View or to submit your film project for programming consideration, please visit www.herpointofview.tv.

Handmade&BoundHandmade & Bound Nashville is a festival celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, mini-comics and prints. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations. Admission is free and open for all ages.

Make sure to check out the Handmade & Bound Nashville blog and Facebook page to stay updated on all festival news! Handmade & Bound, Issue No. 4 will be held October 4, 2014. The Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Gallery space will feature local artists’ poems, prints and art books as well as books created through Poetry & Prints, a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations. For more information on how to get involved with these workshops please email [email protected]

Call for Artists

We are accepting submissions for inclusion in our “Poetry & Prints” exhibition. A bulk of the artwork will be created during a series of collaborative workshops with various local groups in which participants will create an artist book filled with original poetry and monoprints. Local book artists, writers, and printmakers are invited to submit their own artwork to highlight the importance of these artistic forms in a creative life. Work can be individual pieces or artists’ books including all three–interpretation is very open. All participants will be honored in the exhibition opening and reception on October 3, 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Interested parties must submit their artwork by September 22 to the following address:

Watkins Community Education
2298 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37228

Please include artist name, telephone number, email address and return address.

Questions? Call or email Mary Beth Harding, Director of Community Education , at (615) 277-7456 or [email protected].

Poetry & Printmaking is funded in part by a MetroArts ArtsAccess Grant. Handmade & Bound is hosted by Watkins Community Education and the Watkins Library and is funded in part by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Teacher ProgramOur teacher programs provide professional development opportunities for K-12 art educators to engage in hands-on artmaking activities and develop strategies for incorporating thematic and contemporary art-driven ideas, projects, and techniques into curricula. These programs are a chance for educators to rejuvenate their creative juices in a community of peers while developing new art skills for themselves and ideas for the classroom.

Upcoming Program:

Carving and Clay: Exploring the Work of William Edmondson and Friends
Friday, November 7
9:00am – 4:00pm

Teaching Artist: Jammie Williams
$15 for Cheekwood Members, $20 for non-members
To register please visit Cheekwood’s website.

Jammie Williams Teaching Cheekwood and Watkins  have partnered to offer a workshop that will introduce educators to William Edmondson & his unique sculptural techniques. The morning session will take place at Cheekwood, with a gallery tour of William Edmondson and Friends, featuring works created by William Edmondson, Olen Bryant, Alan Lequire, Greg Ridley and many more. In the afternoon, educators will travel to Watkins. Utilizing clay, wax, crea-stone, and a variety of carving tools, educators will create their own sculptures with local artist, Jammie Williams.

 Scholarships are available for teachers interested in attending this workshop. For more information or to apply, please email [email protected].

 

What Teachers are Saying About Us

“Thank you for all that you have provided!  I love these opportunities at Watkins.  I always feel so welcomed and warm, and the programs are always really wonderful.”
“Interactive, fun, thought-provoking!”
“Very applicable to my classroom and school.  Very inspirational!”
“Love this program!  Very well done — cannot wait to attend again.”

Kid's CampVolunteer

Interested in volunteering with Watkins Community Education? Contact us at [email protected] for more information!

Sponsor

There are plenty of opportunities to sponsor a young artist in one of our camps or workshops. Download our Sponsorship Packet to help a creative child!

Thank you to the following sponsors for their donations:

Community Partners

Kathyrn Price

Future Artists Sponsors

Major Sponsor