Local Event!! Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras

For all of our local New Mexico Teachers:

We are very excited to announce another upcoming LAII’s k-12 Teacher workshop for the arpillerafall semester “Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras.”  The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  This workshop is the third in a series that started last spring.   While the content is related, each workshop provides different information, so don’t worry, you don’t have to have attended the last two in order to register for this one. 

The National Hispanic Cultural Center and the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute are coming together once again to provide another in-depth and profound look at Latin America history, art and experience via special events tailored for New Mexico teachers. This pair of workshops will focus on demonstrations and resources designed to bring the history of Chile and the arpillera art form alive in classrooms! Teachers from grades 4-12 will benefit most from this content, though all are welcome to attend.

Nearly 40 years ago the armed forces of Chile overthrew the administration of Salvador Allende. That day, September 11, 1973, created the necessary conditions for the art form known as arpilleras. These textiles became the most visual (and visible), poignant, and widespread manifestation of opposition to authoritarianism, violation of human rights and the disappearance of loved ones associated with the military government that ruled Chile until 1990.

This professional development workshop will explore the history of Chilean arpilleras and their relevance to New Mexico’s K-12 classrooms.  Participants will receive copies of pertinent curriculum materials and certificates of professional development.  In addition, the workshop will entail a private tour of the NHCC exhibition Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras led by Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, NHCC Visual Arts Director, and a special presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Hutchison, Chilean historian and Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico.

The workshop will be held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum (1701 4th St. SW).  Due to limited space and resources, all participants must pre-register for this free workshop by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute: (505) 277-7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu.  Click here for a pdf version of our flyer. Feel free to share this information with anyone else who may be interested.

Hope to see you there!

–Katrina

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