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Origami Workshop

OrigamiWorkshopFlyerBen Parker thoughtfully and skillfully challenges the cliché notion of origami as merely the art of cleverly crafting amusing paper animals.  Ben’s workshop will teach students the art of the fold and how to break some of the rules associated with traditional origami.
Workshop Date: Wednesday, June 24th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM

The workshop cost is $15.00 per person

To register please call us at 860-685-7871 or email us at gsac@wesleyan.edu

N_Eisenfeld_Ice_During the month of July, the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center will be exhibiting the work of North Haven artist, Nancy Eisenfeld.  This show of her newest work entitled,  On the Diagonal  will highlight her recent exploration of the emotive power of diagonal line.  Alive with the energy and movement of the diagonals which she uses to both construct and dissect their richly layered surfaces, Eisenfeld’s oil stick paintings and glass collages are the serendipitous results of the intuitive experimentation that is integral to her process.  With open-ended, poetic titles like Ice and Angled Light these striking textural wall works provide access and intrigue for the viewer, while offering plenty of room for reflection and personal interpretation.

The exhibit will open on Thursday, July 2nd from 5-8:00p.m. in conjunction with the Middletown ArtWalk series.  On the Diagonal will run from July 2nd through July 29th.  The gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9a.m.-5p.m. and Fridays 9a.m.-noon (closed on July 3rd for the 4th of July holiday).

Bulb Tessellation, Folded Paper, 24x18, 2014 In his series, Breaking the Pattern, that will be on display at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center of Wesleyan University from June 4th through June 24th, Ben Parker thoughtfully and skillfully challenges the cliché notion of origami as merely the art of cleverly crafting amusing paper animals.

Parker’s aesthetic clearly affirms his affinity for pattern, precision and problem-solving–  all of which are inherent to the mathematics that underly his works and that are in keeping with the Green Street’s overarching theme of science and math.  He exquisitely explores and manipulates a much broader range of hand-folded patterns, designs, and surface textures than one would typically associate with the traditional craft of origami. The works in this show gracefully embody Parker’s contemplative, uniquely personal, and contemporary approach to the ancient art of origami.

This extraordinary exhibit will open on Thursday, June 4th from 5-8:00p.m. in conjunction with the Middletown Art Walk series— and will be a delight for crafters, as well as fine art aficionados.

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On Thursday, May 14th from 6:15-8:15 in collaboration with HOT Schools the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center will be hosting a potluck workshop about how to use improvisation in the classroom setting. All teaching artists and interested college students are welcome to join this fun filled night at no cost. All we ask for in return is that if you bring your favorite dish to share with the group. This workshop will be led by HOT Schools very own Teaching Artist Jackie Coleman. 

Jackie Coleman is Senior Executive Advisor for the Arts for Hartford Public Schools. As such she works toward bringing dance, music, theatre and visual art to the students of Hartford in as many ways as possible.

Prior to Hartford Schools, Jackie left Hartford Stage as Director of Education. During her 6 years there she expanded the reach of Connections – a theatre literacy program, created Innovations –a science/theatre residency, formed the Hartford Stage Young Company, designed a multitude of interdistrict and after school programs, increased professional development opportunities and started their adult acting series.  

Jackie is a Master Teaching Artist on the roster for the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She has 15 years of acting credits in and around New York City and Connecticut. She holds an MFA from the University of South Carolina and a BFA from the University of Connecticut.

The schedule will be as follows:

6:15-6:45 eat

6:45-7:30 circle share

7:30-8:15 improv workshop with Jackie

 

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Connecticut Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools in partnership with Wesleyan’s Green Street Teaching and Learning Center is offering an internship to Wesleyan Students.

This is a unique opportunity for a highly organized, tech savvy individual interested in understanding the elements of planning, developing, implementing and managing the HOT Schools program including an intensive interactive arts education experience for 200 plus artists, teachers, administrators and parents engaged in school culture change through strong arts, arts integration, and democratic practice.

Duration: June 15- July 17

Details: June 15- July 1 – 20 hours per week and July 6-17 – 40 hours per week

Description: Participating in event planning and implementation

  • Research and compile relevant resources
  • Assisting in creation of promotional materials
  • Creating and Tracking on-line registration
  • Creating on-line surveys
  • Organizing materials and supplies for presenters
  • General clerical duties; copying, filing, assembling materials, etc.

During the Institute, this person will be responsible for assisting with technical services for all presenters which includes power-point projection and any audio/visual needs.

Qualifications: self-starter, collaborative, use excel, use google docs, audio visual equipment, general clerical skills, flexible, strong interpersonal skills

Stipend: $1,920.00 paid in bi-weekly installments

Room & Board at the Hilton will be provided from 7/12-7/17.

The HOT Schools program will hold it’s 22th Annual Summer Institute, a 5 -day residential professional development opportunity for teachers, administrators, parents and teaching artists to be held at the Hartford Hilton from July 13-17, 2015. The program is a synthesis of educational pedagogy and strategic partnerships with teaching artists and arts and cultural organizations dedicated to cultivating arts energized school communities. Program fellows will assist in all aspects of planning and implementation of this intensive week- long professional development opportunity.

Interested Wesleyan students should submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to hotschools@wesleyan.edu by May 1, 2015.

Believe it or not, Green Street is 10 years old this year. Instead of cake, we’re celebrating with froyo and pizza!

Visit FroyoWorld on Main Street in Middletown on Friday, April 17th between 5:00-8:00pm and 20% of sales come directly to Green Street to support our youth programs. Come out to enjoy dessert and say Happy Birthday to Green Street.

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Our Discovery AfterSchool Program serves primarily children in Grades 1-5 from all corners of Middletown, many from our neighborhood here in the North End. We also have a unique middle school class offering on Fridays called Wesleyan Bound where students are exposed to a college campus. They get to participate in workshops with student leaders, talk to professors, tour galleries and laboratories, and more.

Registration for next fall’s classes will open in May. Stay tuned for more information or call us (860-685-7871) to be put on a notification list and we’ll let you know when registration is open.

The Petit Family Foundation supports girls in science and they just awarded Green Street a $12,500 grant to grow their Girls in Science Summer Camp. Our Director, Sara MacSorley, got the chance to meet Dr. Petit and talk about the variety of their science support throughout the state.

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The Green Street Girls in Science Camp will take place from August 3-7, 2015 and we’ll be recruiting girls entering grades 4, 5, and 6 from the area soon. We’ll be working with Wesleyan Professors Erika Taylor, Ruth Johnson, and Christina Othon to cover topics from biochemistry to physics. The week cumulates in a science showcase event to share all we’ve learned with family and friends.

Scholarships will be available for families that qualify. More information coming soon.

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This year the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center formerly known as “Green Street Arts Center” is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.Throughout its 10 years of existence, Green Street has formed an extremely close-knit community, gathering a variety of teachers and students all expressing their love of art, and now even other subjects such as science and math.

Within this community is Eric Quinones, the current hip-hop instructor and former student of Green Street. Since the very beginning, Eric has been involved. “I was here since it first started. So it’s the 10 year anniversary now. I’m 21, so I was about 10 years old when I first started going here.” Ever since then, Eric has grown up with Green Street, taking a multitude of art classes offered to kids from first to eighth, from visual arts like film, to dancing classes like ballet. After years of dabbling in various classes, Eric found one that truly stuck: hip-hop.

“Green Street has made a huge impact in my life because I was able to take hip-hop classes here. As I got older and started high school, I began to volunteer, and now I actually teach the classes.”

Throughout his time at Green Street Eric has seen himself transform from student to teacher, now teaching younger kids as well as the older kids the art of hip-hop. “Back then it was me performing and now I get to teach them. It’s great to watch my students perform and improve. Some students come in without having danced a day in their life and they come here just to try out the class, and then sometimes even advance to older age levels.” Just like himself, Eric sees his own students fall in love with the subjects they experience. “There are times when I come in and I’m not even teaching and they’re just showing people the dances in the studio. I can definitely see them continuing to dance, maybe even teach too.”

For those who are interested in arts (and now math and science), Green Street serves as an incredible source; one that offers not only experience and learning, but a family community. “It’s a great place; whether you’re into hip-hop, drumming, or anything, Green Street can let you try it out. The whole atmosphere is so welcoming and you just feel at home.”

Support Green Street’s youth programs by visiting FroyoWorld on Main Street in Middletown on Friday, April 17th from 5-8pm. 

Believe it or not, Green Street is 10 years old this year. Instead of cake, we’re celebrating with pizza and froyo!

Visit Bertucci’s on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, CT on Tuesday, April 7th between 11:00am-10:00pm, present the coupon pictured below, and 15% of sales come directly to Green Street! Come out to enjoy a pizza and say Happy Birthday to Green Street.

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Our Discovery AfterSchool Program serves primarily children in Grades 1-5 from all corners of Middletown, many from our neighborhood here in the North End. We also have a unique middle school class offering on Fridays called Wesleyan Bound where students are exposed to a college campus. They get to participate in workshops with student leaders, talk to professors, tour galleries and laboratories, and more.

Registration for next fall’s classes will open in May. Stay tuned for more information or call us (860-685-7871) to be put on a notification list and we’ll let you know when registration is open.

Green Street Exhibit

(RE)PRESENTING PLACE: A Portrait of the Coal River Valley

A Multi-Media Project by
Wesleyan University Undergraduate Students,

Rachel Lindy
Rachie Weisberg
Isaac Silk

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In the Summer of 2013, Rachel Lindy (’15), Rachel Weisberg (’15) and Isaac Silk (’14) spent six weeks living in the Coal River Valley of southern West Virginia—an area highly affected by mountaintop removal coal mining and teeming with activist resistance. During this time, we developed a multimedia project that explored the future of the region and its inhabitants in a post coal economy, attempting to place this change in the larger context of social and environmental justice issues. By sharing these images and stories, we hope to provide the Wesleyan community with a sense of the deep complexities surrounding the coal industry, and to encourage dialogue around the often absentminded nature with which we consume fossil fuels.

This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of the COE’s Visualizing the Environment Program, the COE, the Green Fund, and the CFA’s Feet to the Fire Program.

 

Exhibit will run until March 25th.

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 9-3:00pm.

 

 

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