2012 Innovative Learning through ETDs Award
Master of Arts in Art Education
West Virginia University, USA
In his master’s thesis, Chris Williams demonstrated the effectiveness of artist-in-residence programs through his analysis of artist immersion programs nationally and then applying his findings within the school setting in West Virginia for a hands-on experience. The cultural focus of these activities included celebration of the International Day of Peace and the Chinese New Year, incorporating learning components regarding multicultural dimensions and the international Peace movement as well as Chinese symbolism and history. Activities also included puppet-making skills utilizing various art techniques and media such as paper Mache, textiles, painting, music and performance. WVU chief among a handful of puppetry programs nationwide - collaborations have included guest lectures from legendary Jim Henson's "Sesame Street Muppets" and their puppeteers.
Williams resides in New York City where he uses his considerable skills to organize projects as an art educator, teaching artist, arts advocate, community arts coordinator and puppeteer. Presently he is Project Coordinator for CITYarts in New York City where he organizes all project elements for their residencies. CITYarts' projects frequently foster community revitalization by galvanizing businesses, schools, and community organizations into developing youth programs and constructing playgrounds and gardens. CITYarts has also organized the international Pieces for Peace program, providing a mosaic with youth from around the world. His professional Website JCWArts contains a variety of arts education resources.
Art educators and practicing artists: strengthening the curriculum and building a creative community
John "Chris" Williams receives his Innovative Learning through ETDs Award
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