The CAPE Dialogue series began in the summer of 2020 as a way to remotely explore ideas related to- and responding to- the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the radical shift to online teaching, learning, art making, and community building. These sessions bring together artists, educators, and researchers to engage in a public dialogue about key issues of the day.

You can watch past CAPE Dialogue recordings below, most recent first.

Looking and Listening in Slow Motion, with Annie Stor, Stephan Moore, and Timothy Rey (June 16, 2021)

For this installment of the CAPE Dialogue Series, we took into consideration looking and listening practices that intentionally slow down the experience of observing, describing, understanding, and making of art. We discussed how these practices could offer alternative, emergent modalities for teaching and learning as schools begin to reopen with hybrid remote and in-person classrooms. Joining CAPE for this discussion was Annie Storr, museum educator and resident scholar at Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, who created the guided-looking method “Exercises for the Quiet Eye”; Stephan Moore, sound artist, designer, composer, improviser, coder, curator, and instructor of sound arts at Northwestern University will discuss his work in deep listening techniques; and Timothy Rey who is playwright, performer, and teaching artist for CAPE, the Poetry Center and the Poetry foundation will share insights from the classroom. Our three guests lent their expertises and perspectives on slowing down curriculum through slowing looking and listening. This conversation was moderated by CAPE Associate Director of Education, Mark Diaz.

CAPE Dialogue: What is the Body? (April 12, 2021)

Scholars have discussed the intentional boundaries surrounding certain bodies in art: what bodies are seen, what bodies do, and what bodies can look like. CAPE Dialogue: What is the Body? aims to explore the many interdisciplinary ways in which we can center our bodies within others and our environment to reimagine equity within the arts. If art is a product of a time, place, and culture that influences how narratives are constructed, then how can we (re)envision the possible futures and imaginations that could be evoked through the exclusion or inclusion of certain bodies and relationships?

This event celebrates the following panelists: multimedia artist, michelle miles; Artistic Associate and Co-Leader of Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice, Kealoha Ferreira; and choreographer and artistic director of Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape, Ayako Kato. CAPE Dialogue: What is the Body? is hosted by CAPE Program Coordinator, AmBer Montgomery, and CAPE Research Program Coordinator, Jenny Lee.

CAPE Dialogue: What is Publicness? (February 4, 2021)

The threshold between public and private has been in question for some time now, but we may be seeing another shift to what constitutes the public sphere as we increasingly rely on live streaming apps and video conferencing as a means to communicate and simulate in-person interaction. Panelists for this dialogue will include artists, researchers, and curators who will examine these matrices of collapsed spatial distance. If social interactions construct social space and visualization and pedagogy are inextricably linked, how then has a spatial collapse motivated alternative social practices to reimagine publicness?

Participating panelists are the following: artist, theoretician and curator, Abbéy Odunlami; research-based artist, filmmaker, and essayist, Sanaz Sohrabi; and curator and Artistic Director of 6018North, Tricia Van Eck. Moderated by Mark A. Diaz.

What is a Network?, with Maria Velazquez, Rob McKay, Kate Bowen (December 16, 2020)

Maria Velazquez (community organizer and the Executive Director of TCEP in Little Village), Rob McKay (Co-Owner at Connect Gallery in Hyde Park and Director of Production for The Silver Room Sound System Block Party), and Kate Bowen (Executive Director of ACRE Residency) will explore how communities come together in teaching, learning and working networks, both before and during the pandemic, to create knowledge and resources for one another and the community at large. Also, the group will discuss how networks can evolve and work towards larger goals in the future. The panel will be moderated by Joseph Spilberg, Associate Director of Education at CAPE.

What is a Classroom?, with Gustavo Jardim, Bianca Castillero, Dr. Juana Reyes, Dr. Erica Halverson (November 17, 2020)

In this session, panelists will deconstruct classroom and learning space as phenomena, examining such topics as home and neighborhood space, indigenous concepts of learning space, space as described by mapping and textiles, emotionality and contexts of learning, and design thinking for learning environments. The panel will include Gustavo Jardim, artist and educator in Brazil and Chicago; Bianca Castillero, M.A., art educator and artist based in Mexico City; Dr. Juana Reyes, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Social Sciences at Lewis University; and Dr. Erica Halverson, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The panel will be moderated by Scott Sikkema, Education Director, CAPE.

A Dialogue on Investigating Social Emotional Learning & Trauma (September 16, 2020)

Join us for a discussion on the intersection of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Trauma Informed Practices, and Restorative Justice, featuring licensed school social worker Brian Calhoun; Dr. Elena Quintana; and artist and educator Jennifer Mannebach.

As classrooms have moved to virtual spaces, how do educators and artists mindfully support the social emotional well being of their students? How does studying systemic oppression and its institutions that produce and reproduce trauma guide educators and artists to articulate and enact more meaningful interactions and collaborations with students and communities?

A Dialogue on Family Learning and Art Making During the Pandemic (August 25, 2020)

As school districts around the country plan remote/online learning this Fall, the home is now the site of learning and family members are taking on critical roles in education. This scenario creates enormous stresses and challenges for parents, grandparents, siblings and the students themselves, but also offers opportunities for family engagement and learning.

This dialogue will explore multiple perspectives on the intersection of art making and family learning, and will include presentations from and conversation between Aram Atamian (Interdisciplinary artist), Mara Flores (Ecologist/Community Educator), Jessica Mueller (Interdisciplinary artist), Leticia Ramos (Teacher, Chicago Public Schools), Ricarose Roque (Researcher/Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder), Geralyn Yu (Researcher/Assistant Professor, University of  New Mexico).  The conversation will be facilitated by Joseph Spilberg, CAPE Associate Director of Education.

Musicians and Music Educators in Dialogue (July 29, 2020)

Regardless of genre or locality, musicians around the globe have responded creatively and quickly to the pandemic. At this public online event, John Foster (Jazz Institute of Chicago),  Lional Brother El Freeman (The Beat Bank), Jordan Knecht (Interdisciplinary Artist), Rachel Maxwell (Music teacher, Oswego IL), and Anne Huynh McTighe and Karen Mari (Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra) discuss morphing and adapting their practices to online spaces. The conversation will be facilitated by Joseph Spilberg, Associate Director of Education, CAPE.

Artists in Dialogue, with Marc Fischer and Nick Wylie (July 14, 2020)

Join Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) for a conversation about shifts and pivots in artistic print media and collective organizing during the time of COVID19 and the mounting attention to race consciousness and inequities. For this panel we will hear from Marc Fischer and Nicholas Wylie, who both are Chicago-based artists whose individual works span organizing events around social justice, publishing artist/activist zines and booklets, and blurring the distinction between artistic and educative practices.

Artists in Dialogue, with Patricia Nguyen and William Estrada (June 24, 2020)

Join Patricia Nguyen and William Estrada in conversation about changing arts practices, pedagogy, and community engagement in the time of pandemic and revolution. This conversation will be facilitated by Joseph Spilberg, Associate Director of Education at Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE).

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