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Humanities Council Grant Received

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 20, 2011

The Institute for Art-Based Literacy in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy at UNH has received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Beth Olshansky, director of the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy, will use the funding to present“Supporting English Language Learners Through an Art-Based Approach to Literacy Learning”May 14 at 2 p.m. at UNH Manchester, third floor.

Olshansky designed her teaching method around the fact that pictures serve as a universal language for thinking and expressing ideas. She will introduce two dynamic art-and-literature-based approaches to literacy learning through video taken in two English language learner magnet classrooms and share findings from a four-year federally-funded research study. This is part of an all-day teachers-as-researchers conference titled “Communities of Inquiry, Inquiries in Communities.” The lecture and conference are free and open to the public.

In addition to the presentation, the “Our Stories in Pictures and Words: Immigration Now and Then” art exhibit will be on display May 2 through August 5, 2011.  The exhibit showcases a cultural exchange of art and writing between refugee and immigrant students at Manchester’s Webster Elementary School, grades 3-5, and third-graders at Moharimet School in Madbury. The exhibit is located at UNH Manchester, second floor.

The New Hampshire Humanities Council nurtures the joy of learning and inspires community engagement by bringing life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New Hampshire.  They connect people with ideas. Learn more about the Council and its work at www.nhhc.org

For more information regarding the presentation and exhibit contact Liz Arcieri at 2-3691, visit www.image-making.org  or email eja@unh.edu

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