The Butterfly Project : The purpose of this collaborative project is to showcase children’s artwork focusing on the Holocaust. This exhibition draws upon the poem “The Butterfly” written by Pavel Friedmann, a child at the Terezin Concentration Camp during the Holocaust….
The Butterfly Project installation was researched, designed and developed in VISU 3399.03 The Butterfly Project: Art of the Holocaust in Spring 2016, it was created (with many of the same students) during the summer months of 2016, and installed during ARTS 3399.01 Installation Art in Fall 2016. It was on view from September 2016 – January 2017 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas. A portion of the installation was again installed in Munday Library at St. Edward’s University from January 2017- February 2017, I mentored three students from the course that presented the project at SOURCE in April 2017 and I will be part of a panel titled, Engaging K-12 Through Creative Connections to History, at the American Association for State and Local History conference (AASLH) this September in Austin, Texas. The Butterfly Project was also awarded a Leadership in History Award through the AASLH. The award will be conferred at the annual conference this September. Furthermore, my colleague and co-instructor for the course, Bill Kennedy, MFA and I were awarded the Delayne Hudspeth Award for Innovative Teaching in Spring 2017 for the Butterfly Project.
Students were required to keep a sketcbhook/journal in which to write reflection on readings but also articulate thoughts at both the mid-term and the end of the semester.