Waking Up With 'Chu' - My Road to the Black Lives Matter Movement
Jerome 'Chu' Charles, multidisciplinary artist
Jerome “Chu” Charles is a multidisciplinary artist who started out with whatever crafts his mother was involved in until his teens where he picked up photography, which led to an interest in graffiti, which in practice led to illustration and painting, which is currently servicing him in his pursuit of muraling and sign painting. As his abilities grow through practice, he also hopes to learn how to use his gifts to service the world at large, using his point of view as a gay Black man in a military family in America.
Teacher led session: Creative Resistance Case Studies for the K-12 Classroom
Michael-Ann Cerniglia, History Department Chair at Sewickley Academy
This session will examine the role that art and technology play in contemporary political movements around the world and how relevant case studies support curricular goals in the 7-12 classroom. By guiding students to examine politically motivated film, art, music, and digital communication, teachers can help students better understand how, throughout history, innovative ideas have sprung from censorship and repression which, over time, communicate goals and affect change.
Michael-Ann Cerniglia is the Senior School History Department Chair at Sewickley Academy, an independent school north of Pittsburgh, PA, where she teaches Grades 10-12 AP European history, AP US Government and Politics, and global studies electives. Most relevant to today's presentation, she developed and teaches a course called "Creative Resistance," which examines the convergence of art and politics. At school, she commits her time to curriculum, equity and inclusion initiatives, student clubs, and professional development opportunities that present themselves. Michael-Ann is passionate about global experiences in teaching, literature, film, technology, communication, and travel. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two daughters.