Joanna Horton McPherson
Ellen G. Levine
Rachel B. Reinhard
Alba Torres Robinat
Justen Victoria Walker Foster
Contributing educators that supplemented the lessons
From contributing guidebooks and organizations for the lessons:
Music of Strangers Curriculum Guidebook
Salam Neighbor Student Lesson Guide developed by Jill Stevens
Songkites Music Project
UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project
Some contributing artists for Borders to Bridges:
Fátima Ronquillo Jarrillo
Additional artist contributors:
Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) http://www.artejustice.org/
RAW Art Works https://www.rawartworks.org/
PERSONAL NARRATIVES for BORDERS TO BRIDGES
Yara Al Mazouni
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Gaudence K. Ndikumana
Irisz Lihua Zhuang
POETRY, PROSE AND SHORT FICTION for BORDERS TO BRIDGES
M. Soledad Caballero
Camille T. Dungy
Hieu Minh Nguyen
María Cristina Rojas
Naomi Shihab Nye
Odette Amaranta Vélez Valcárcel
Sally Wen Mao
Acknowledgements for BORDERS TO BRIDGES:
Lynn Ditchfield, C.A.G.S., M.Ed., M.A. – Editor/Writer/Compiler/Researcher
Janice Frame, M.A. - Artistic Director
Susan Klein, M.Ed. - Manuscript Editor (first three sections)
Camila Fernández - Website Design
Susanna J. Sturgis - Copy Editor (first three sections)
Creator, writer, researcher, and editor of the book Borders to Bridges: Creativity-Based Immigration Curriculum Guidebook K12; co-coordinator of the pilot program in the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools; founder of FIESTA
Lynn Ditchfield, C.A.G.S., Ed.M., M.A., has been an educator in a variety of settings from urban to rural schools (including international), pre-school to university. She received the Arts/Learning Award for advocacy, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, served as a Fulbright Exchange teacher in Argentina, and has appeared in three editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. For 24 years, she taught high school Spanish, chaired the World Language Department and organized numerous international exchanges. Her first M.A. was based on the work of Paulo Freire, the Brazilian educator noted for his approach to critical and creative thinking. She received her second Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education focusing in the Arts in Education approaches for at-risk youth. She founded Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV), and served as Executive Director and Program Director, and founded the theatre group Nightmares and Dreams/ Immigrant Voices. Currently, she is doctoral candidate at the European Graduate School: Art, Health and Society Division. As a recipient of the MV Vision Fellowship award, she is the creator, writer, and editor of the book Borders to Bridges: Creativity-Based Immigration Curriculum Guidebook K12, and co-coordinator of the pilot program in the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools. Lynn works as a writer, workshop facilitator, and adjunct professor at Fitchburg State University offering a variety of Education courses focusing on Teaching and Learning; Arts, Media, and Inquiry; Global Education and Social Justice.
Artistic Director of the book Borders to Bridges: Creativity-Based Immigration Curriculum Guidebook K12; co-coordinator of the pilot program in the Martha’s Vineyard
Janice Frame holds a B.F.A. from Fisk University in Fiber and Textiles and Art Education, and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Cambridge College. She has been, for the past 35 years, an art educator K -12 on Martha’s Vineyard. Prior to becoming a part of the island community, she taught art in Westfield, MA and in Dekalb County public schools in Atlanta, Ga. She also taught weaving as an adjunct professor at Morris Brown College in Atlanta. Janice has been an integral part of the island art community both in the visual arts and theater arts. She managed the Field Gallery in West Tisbury for four seasons. She is the artistic director of the book Borders to Bridges: Creativity-Based Immigration Curriculum Guidebook K12, and co-coordinator of the pilot program in the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools.
Janice’s entire teaching career has been focused on the importance of standards-based educational practice in visual art. She strongly believes in the creative process. The creative process is meaningful when a student knows and understands what he/she is creating. Her standards reflect performance, execution, skill development and the understanding of the medium. Lesson planning and curriculum have always been at the core of her visual arts program.
Camila Fernandez graduated from Middlebury College in 2015, where she studied International Politics and Economics with a focus in Latin America and a minor in German. She has also taken numerous courses at universities abroad, such as at the Johannes Gutenberg Universitat in Mainz, Germany and at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil. She currently is the Assistant Director of Human Resources at Novatus Energy, a renewable energy company. Prior to joing Novatus, Camila worked at Milbank Tweed, Hadley & McCloy as a legal assistant in the Global Securties group, where she focused on Latin American transactional deals and pro bono cases. Camila immigrated to the United States from Uruguay when she was 4 years old. Due to her close and personal connection with immigration issues, she has always had a passion for learning about ways in which to help immigrant communities.
“My work is about a basic and simple reflective truth. In the process of creation, the work on clay, paper, or canvas flows without any hesitation, spontaneously, with great vitality and with joyful sense of alive-ness. My pieces celebrate all our existence within this ancient, universal truth we carry forward through ourselves from the generations we came from to the future of humankind.” Ledesma has gallery exhibits of his paintings and sculpture in his studio and has sponsored other artist exhibits (see http://www.washingtonledesma.com). He teaches classes at Featherstone Center for the Arts.
I have liked drawing since I was in first grade in Brazil. But art is not a strong topic there like it is in the U.S. When I came to the US, my passion for art just started to grow more and more. Traveling, and experiencing a different culture helped me to be more interested in art, especially when I research famous artists like Frida Kahlo, Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci. All of them use unique techniques, and in my artwork I try to take a little from each of them, and to create my own style.
Sometimes you have to like your own work. It’s your effort that counts and the dedication that you give to your pieces. I want others to think about my emotion, and to make them keep thinking about my artwork, to think what I was feeling while making it.
Art is a way of expressing your feelings. Basically, art is therapy for making people feel good about their thinking. Art is international. You can see a painting from any other place or country without knowing the meaning behind it, but you are able to translate it into your “language” just by seeing, not speaking.
I grew up in the heart of Chicago, Pilsen Neighborhood. A lot of my art is influenced by the colors, murals, and Mexican-American culture Pilsen has to offer. I go to school at Middlebury College in Vermont studying Studio Art and Education Studies.
My art focuses on the multifaceted stories of Latino communities. By employing techniques of silk screen printing, acrylic painting, and other mixed media art,- color, texture, and line/pattern are manipulated to communicate, not only my story as a Mexican-American artist, but the many complex experiences felt by my community.
I've always been aware of immigration and immigration issues. I know the fear and the complexity that is intertwined into each experience. This is something I use to push my art forward to make people feel and relate. As a result, I hope to continue opening up spaces for conversation around the exploration of one’s own relationship to culture, identity, and emotional and mental responses to anxiety among other overwhelming experiences.
It is the act of asserting the stories most culturally impactful to me, and often marginalized, within larger conversations of culture that I find most exciting and revelatory about the work.
Fátima Ronquillo Jarrillo
Fátima Ronquillo Jarrillo is a 16 year old aspiring architect. She is proud of her Mexican heritage. In her watercolor painting, her 80 year old indigenous Mazateca grandmother stands in a field in Oaxaca in southern Mexico.
Mass Cultural Council and MV Vision Fellowship
Funds to help support granted in part by: Mass Cultural Council and MV Vision Fellowship