April Meeting 2019
April 18, 2019
We will welcome Sarah Simmons, who will talk about her creative process including how she incorporates found objects and books into her artwork.
For more info about Sarah check out sarahsimmonsart.com.
Words from the artist...
I love books and stories and reading. Reading teaches empathy and expands the readers world to consider ideas and perspectives they might not have exposure to in their life. I think everyone should read. I think everyone should be able to read. I think everyone should be taught to read. The ability to read is not instinctive and natural like spoken language. Written language needs explicit multi-sensory instruction.
There is a crisis in how reading is being taught to our children. Most teachers do not learn how to teach reading in college education programs. Special Education teachers are not taught about dyslexia. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability. It affects 1 in 5. The ability to read is not related to intelligence. The knowledge of reading has long been used as a gatekeeper for society and those with power to maintain control.
I am passionate about literacy. Words have manifested within my art since before I was consciously aware of it. Looking back in my work I see language everywhere. I am now aware that I am driven by the same motives as writers creating a shared experience of empathy and education. I work to move within the realm of deeper thought, reasoning, and education.
I am pushing for dyslexia awareness within my community and school district.
For more information about Dyslexia visit the International Dyslexia Association.
Understood.org is a great resource for learning disabilities of all kinds.
If you are looking for literacy resources in the Pittsburgh region, please check out Literacy Pittsburgh , they are also always looking for volunteers.
For a list of speakers in the coming months click on the Calendar option from the dropdown menu at the top of the page or click HERE.