Stu-Debt Follow-up Tasks Week 5 (2.26-3.4)
1. “Make at least 5 pieces of signage each.” (from timetable plan presented by planning group)
- Ideally, some of this signage could come from other people you engage.
- Can at least one sign include “facts” about student debt. See http://occupystudentdebt.com/studentdebtfacts
- Next meeting we’ll talk more about how to begin posting these works.
2. “Update social media with at least 3 things related to stu-debt crisis.”
- This might also include a scanned copy of one of the signs you’ve produced.
3. Connect with “different organizations on campus.”
For personal follow-up, here’s some groups (I believe) we talked about and some groups I’m suggesting:
- Maggie – Off campus student services; Amherst Media, Center for Educational Policy & Advocacy (CEPA)
- Gemma – GEO (grad students/RAs union), Center for Educational Policy & Advocacy (CEPA)
- Jackie – RAs (Coolidge), GEO related to RA union, PHENOM
- Lauren – Women’s Studies, Dept. of Communcation/peer advising (Lynn Phillips), grassroots organizing class
- Rebecca –- Campus Center facilities (student/staff employees), UMass alum contacts, what else?
- Erika – Student Union Art Gallery, what else? Art Department students/grad students/faculty/FAC gallery/Shawn Farley, Arts Extension Service?
- Chelsea – politicians (Senator E. Warren, Rep. Jim McGovern), Student Union coops: People’s Market, Earth Foods, Bike Coop
What to ask for:
- Sponsorship: to put names on flyers, publicity
- Probe them on how best they thing their organizational resources might contribute to the project.
- Member/client participation in the sign-making; ideally this could involve a meeting with group members where we present our ideas and host a discussion that leads to sign-making
- Secure a contact person for the group.
For CEPA, GEO contacts, hold off till our next meeting. I have specific contacts and information to share on these groups.
4. Connect with “different teachers on campus.”
- Follow-through with instructor (faculty, grad-student) contacts we’ve discussed.
- Ask them how they might engage their students, e.g. free write signage in writing class.
5. Political artist survey to inform the signage display.
- Read some brief essays (online or print) on the artist to which you’ve been assigned.
- Find at least 3 artists that somehow are associated with this artist.
- Prepare brief presentation including point-point with at least 7-10 slides.
- Each week, we’ll have brief opening presentations on each artist.
- Consider and discuss how this artist’s work might inform our signage display.
- Would it make sense for us to try doing signage that draws from this artist’s style?
- Write brief (5) paragraph blog post to display with representative work.
- Banksy – Chelsa – next week (March 5)
- Keith Haring — Erika and Jackie (March 12)
- Guerilla Girls – Rebecca and Lauren (March 26)
- Barbara Kruger – Gemma and Maggie (April 2)