February 10th - May 12th

Related Programming

Events + Experiences

Interested in visiting the gallery? Want to bring your students for a tour? Register here or reach out to our Director of Education & Exhibitions to learn more. While you’re waiting – view our Gallery Guide to dive into Ruth’s work from wherever you are.

Children's Programming

Key Concepts + Ideas:
Literacy via journal writing | Social Emotional Learning targets | Mental health topics | Visual literacy | Storytelling & Personal voice | Collage + Repurposed materials / mixed-media works

Educational Outreach Programming

The Journal Project featuring mixed-media artist Ruth Crowe
February 10 – April 28, 2023
Grades 9th – 12th | 5 visits (2 featuring Ruth) | 60 – 90 minute visits

In an increasingly fast-paced digital world where we are finding new ways to continuously document our lives, students will pause to answer in reflective journal writing—What are we leaving out?

Students will be presented with a series of writing prompts and group discussions, cultivating moments to dive deeper into their own ideas, experiences, and thoughts as a gateway to creativity. Working with Ruth on-site in the classroom, they will share stories, engage in conversations, and transform their writings into visual mixed-media pieces.

Designed to help address the 2-year slide in reading scores, our programming integrates relevant state literacy standards. Additionally, we’ve included important SEL (social emotional learning) targets to respond to the impact of the pandemic on students’ mental health.

Field Trips to the SCA

Grades 6th + | Single visit to the SCA | 45 – 90 minutes

Add-on Option: Mixed media collage project and personal writing exercise

Bring your classroom to the SCA for a hands-on exploration of the work of Ruth Crowe. Students participate in a series of writing prompts and group discussions then dive deeper into their own ideas, experiences, and thoughts. A curated gallery tour is followed by an exercise to transform their writings into a visual mixed-media piece to take home.

Adult Programming

We believe that learning continues well after school years – that’s why we have curated a series of creative programming for learners of all ages! Join professional artist and writer Ruth Crowe at one of the events below!

Professional Development

Ruth Crowe Professional Development

Customizable Professional Development Opportunity | Pricing varies by package

Suggested Audience: K – 12 Educators | 3 sessions | 60 – 90 minutes

Key Concepts: Mental Health, Modeling Literacy + Art Integration, Social Emotional Learning

A 3-part journaling workshop led by SCA’s Outreach Educator Meg Shoup, spotlighting Ruth Crowe, and in partnership with Opportunity Thrive and Arbor Circle. The content of this experience will be similar to the adult journaling workshop with modifications to serve a selected audience of School Social Work Coordinators + Educators.

Educators will be guided in an exploration of expressive art journaling as a cathartic creative tool that helps with self development, day to day stresses and general wellbeing; while being given permission and time to freely play and connect with other teachers! Art journaling is a tool to help us connect visually to our thoughts and feelings and gives a visual voice to self care. Educators will have the opportunity to step out of the classroom as a teacher, and step into the role of learner, while creating expressive art journals by combining collage, writing, painting and drawing. No prior artistic skills will be necessary. This will be a safe supportive space with no judgement. All art materials are supplied.

For more information contact Whitney Valentine, Director of Education and Exhibitions

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