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New COURAGE
Exhibit Dates:
12/10/2011 -
2/5/2012

A ground-breaking collaboration between Levine Museum, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Mc Coll center for Visual Art and UNC Charlotte.
New COURAGE
New COURAGE defies simple definition. It is a photo capturing daily struggle, questioning the status quo with a monologue,using a dance to celebrate taking risks, or...

A poem. A video. A collage.


New COURAGE began in early 2011 as a yearlong partnership between Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, McColl Center for Visual Art, and UNC Charlotte, asking participants to examine "new" issues that require courage in our community today. Through workshops, study, collaboration, and reflection, educators and students from across Mecklenburg County have explored historic, personal, and community definitions of courage.

Throughout the year, teachers attended professional development sessions and created inter-disciplinary curriculum. Students heard from national speakers, participated in a county-wide summit, and created their own artistic expressions of courage.

A final companent of the project is the New COURAGE exhibit. A juried exhibit of student work, participants drew inspiration from the award-winning COURAGE, exhibit, combining historic perspective with contemporary issues.

Using personally chosen art forms, each piece depicts this new generation's take on activism, action and a renewed sense of the power of community.

Collectively, New COURAGE involved 25 high school teachers who engaged more than 875 students in 12 schools. They were joined by 22 professors and more than 600 undergraduates in a parallel program.

Adjusting the Signal: The projected landscape [television] and New COURAGE

A photography collaboration with Levine Museum Artist-in-Residence at McColl Center for Visual Art Shelia Turner and South Mecklenburg High School students under the guidance of Art teacher Ellen Estes.

To further engage students in the New COURAGE exhibit, we asked:

"How do young people define new courage? Where do they learn it? How do they see it? Family, friends, and peers, for sure, but where else?"

The Kaiser Family Foundation reported that U.S. children and adolescents, by age 70, will have spent 7-10 years of their life watching television. That's more than any other activity except sleeping. Given this, is it possible that young people are being instilled with courage in a new way, perhaps through the lens of the television? Does television inscribe courage?

For seven weeks, 10 South Mecklenburg High students, teacher Ellen Estes and photographer Shelia Turner, met to discuss this notion. On weekends the students used their personal cameras to photograph the television shows they watched. The following week, the class looked at the photographs, talked about their meaning and began to recognize that television does indeed inscribe courage. But not just on young people. The class came to believe television has the ability to inscribe courage on all people. Presented in conjunction with New COURAGE, Adjusting the Signal is a collection of selected photographs from the class project.
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