On the Hex

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  • Title: On the Hex: A Roadmap for Experiential Oral Histories
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Claud, Sarah Marcellin, Nelly Anderson, Toni Wynn
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Arts Education
  • Keywords: African American Studies, American History, Arts-Integrated Education, Community Art, Differentiation, Digital Media, Exhibition, Oral History, Identity, Music Concrete, Sound Art, Technology
  • Volume: 14
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2326-9944 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-0306 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9944/CGP/v14i01/1-14
  • Citation: Claud, Elizabeth, Sarah Marcellin, Nelly Anderson, and Toni Wynn. 2019. "On the Hex: A Roadmap for Experiential Oral Histories." The International Journal of Arts Education 14 (1): 1-14. doi:10.18848/2326-9944/CGP/v14i01/1-14.
  • Extent: 14 pages

Abstract

This paper offers a walk-through of the design and implementation of the physical exhibition Carver [ON] Record, housed in a historically African American school near Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the American Confederacy. Over the course of a year, students utilized digital media to develop oral and written communication skills within the larger framework of exploring the relationship between intent and art making. In understanding their shared social responsibility to question the meaning of civil rights, students worked to ethically synthesize the oral histories of the community. This essay is an overview of the motivations, undertakings, and manifestations of a multifaceted and ongoing project. The artists and educators offer a blueprint for replication of the modular format used, describe how to effectively integrate the arts into core curriculums, and, most importantly, discuss the necessity for authentic, student-driven conversations in the creative and developmental processes.