Editor's Note: Meredith Bratland is a new contributor to The Noteworthy. She will be uncovering interesting people, places, and things in Edmonton and sharing them here. In her inaugural post, she introduces you to a program that uses art to promote literacy.
Who: The Homeglen School of One: Research, Artwork and Education, Ltd., is a research and development corporation founded in Edmonton in 2014 by Dr. Wendy Kasinec and Dr. Michael Polushin.
What: Carving Vignettes is a straightforward, yet sophisticated program that uses pieces of art to promote advanced literacy, while the associate Homeglen School of One Global Art Project encourages cultural awareness.
Why: To show the diversity and creativity of Albertans on the global stage by featuring their personal experiences, historical insights, and travel accounts to various places.
Polushin, the School of One’s carver/artist and creator of the Carving Vignettes literacy program, has spent several years independently researching the ways different types knowledge were created, communicated and applied in global societies. His research led to the creation of his unique carvings that people use to tell their story in an artistic way while creating a historical record of their life as an Albertan.
Once individuals or groups have acquired carvings, all that is needed to participate is to follow five straightforward instructions:
- Step 1: Read about the Carving Vignettes program and the Global Art Project
- Step 2: Read about the design behind the carving.
- Step 3: Think and contemplate.
- Step 4: Take a photo that focuses on the carving, making sure that the background is blurry.
- Step 5: Write a couple of sentences about where the photo was taken and your memory of what you were thinking about or doing at the time.
The individuality of each Carving Vignette creation comes through in both the photos and the writing. Participants can submit their creations to the Homeglen School of One Global Art Project, another separate initiative started by the School in October 2014.
School of One carvings have traveled far and wide in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and throughout Canada. Research librarians, government employees, established scholars, employees and owners of businesses, as well as high school, undergraduate and graduate students of various cultural backgrounds have participated in the Project as a means of “making history.”
Each one of the contributions to the Global Art Project that uses the Carving Vignettes program will only include the initials of the participants in order to maintain privacy. This commitment to anonymity has lent itself to the creation of a very interesting, new type of historical record. Any preconceived notions that may accompany one’s gender, ethnicity, or age, for example, are absent.
To acquire a carving and to learn more about the Carving Vignettes advanced literacy program as well as the Global Art Project, please visit their Make Something Edmonton page or contact the Homeglen School of One at firstname.lastname@example.org.