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Patricia Rain Gianneschi-McNichols
THESIS ABSTRACT 2004

BECOMING WOMEN
Art & Leadership for Adolescent Girls


photo by Patricia Rain Glanneschi-McNichols at George B. Armstrong School of International Studies in Chicago.

          This thesis focuses on my experience as an art educator at George B. Armstrong School of International Studies in Chicago, Illinois. I chose the case study format for telling the story of something that I have come to believe: that making and experiencing art can be a means of self-realization, that the power of art education can be the power for developing self-fulfilling and leadership qualities in young women.

          The ‘elemental’ power of the female was a cultural focus as far back as we can trace human history (Stone, 1982). Feminist analysts have exposed the misconceptions and revelations of sexism behind Judeo-Christian symbolism, ideology, structure and ministry. These feminist insights reveal a political and social hierarchy of a dominant culture. Since the inception of male-worshipping religions, women have lost a great deal of status and physical and material autonomy. Research on the lies and misconceptions about the nature and function of women fuels the attitudes in the visual culture that adolescent girls grow-up with in postmodern cultures around the world.


photo by Patricia Rain Glanneschi-McNichols at George B. Armstrong School of International Studies in Chicago

          This study describes a program that employs art as a tool for empowering and transforming the lives of adolescent girls. A large part of the motivation for this project was inspired by a program developed by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I attended a seminar for teachers at the O’Keeffe Museum in the summer of 2002.


photo by Patricia Rain Glanneschi-McNichols at George B. Armstrong School of International Studies in Chicago

CLICK HERE to see the performance piece: [Quicktime Video]

         Armstrong school is pre-K through 8th grade. Its multiethnic population with 30 languages spoken provides a rich sampling of students to work with.

          The case studies describe seven students out of 31 who participated in the program during the 2002-2003 school year. The students engaged in a wide range of art related activities. Video, journal writing, and photography were used to document and analyze the program. The study included an overnight at school that allowed for greater group interaction. The overnight began in the galleries of the Art Institute of Chicago looking at the art of O’Keeffe. The students engaged in poetry writing, which they later incorporated into performative pieces with a guest performance artist from SAIC.

          It was concluded that there is evidence to show that these art learning experiences have exerted a substantial influence on the lives of the participants.


photo by Patricia Rain Glanneschi-McNichols at George B. Armstrong School of International Studies in Chicago

BIOGRAPHY

           Rain received her BFA and Teacher Certification from UC Berkeley. She works as an art educator at George B. Armstrong School and has won numerous grants and awards, including: Illinois Art Educator of the Year, The William Carr Olendorf Award, Robert Rauschenberg “Power of Art Award,” and commissions from the Art Institute of Chicago.

THESIS COMMITTEE

Thesis Advisor: Jerome Hausman Instructor, Art Education

Thesis Reader: John Ploof Assistant Professor, Art Education; Director, MAAE Program

Second Reader: Kevin Tavin Assistant Professor, Art Education; Director, MAT Program

Peer Reader: Amanda Friedeman MAAE Candidate, Art Education, SAIC

 

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