We may know the latest gossip about One Direction or how Beyonce’s sister Solange attacked Jay-Z in an elevator, but is our interest in celebrities a bad thing? Within the past few weeks, students analyzed how our fascination with celebrities impacts society in our #DoNowCelebrity post. We asked students, Given the context of income inequality and changing demographics across the country, is the American obsession with celebrities good or bad for our culture? Why?
You’ve undoubtedly noticed viral videos flying around the Internet featuring dance sensations, trends, and memes like the Harlem shake phenomenon and riffs off of Gangnam Style. Dance crazes have a long history of sweeping the nation, and platforms like YouTube and Facebook foster a worldwide dancing dialogue. Dance crazes are a significant part of American culture and span history, including wildly varying moves, ranging from the 1920’s Charleston to contemporary twerking.
In art, abstraction can be anything that is non-figurative or non-representative of familiar objects. Abstract art can sometimes feel complicated to understand because it is not based in a familiar reality. Where do you find beautiful patterns and shapes? What kinds of abstraction do you consider beautiful? Snap a photo of abstraction in your everyday life and explain why it is aesthetically appealing to you.
Student Engagement with Issues that Matter Using Social Media (#TeachDoNow) is a collaborative learning experience open to anyone interested in learning how to use Twitter and other media sharing applications to promote social and civic discourse with students around science, news and the arts.
Today is Earth Day and the global theme of this year’s activities is “Green Cities”. Right now more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and by 2050 that number is expected to rise to at least 67%. As more people move into urban areas, buildings, highways and other structures are built to accommodate the growth. Green spaces and other natural environments that once flourished are pushed out to make room for man-made structures. Not only is space for plants and wildlife compromised but often they have to fight to exist at all. Are there areas in your neighborhood that could or should be transformed green spaces?
Describe the graffiti you see in your community. What stands out to you about it? Take a picture of graffiti art in your town and tweet it to us with your thoughts–does it mean something to you? Is it valuable? Do you want to see more or less graffiti in your neighborhood? What makes graffiti “good” or “bad”?
Do you think selfies are a form of creative expression that communicate a message? Or do you see them as bad-quality photos posted online by narcissists? Or somewhere in between? Would you consider them an updated version of the artistic self portrait, visual communication, or something else?
Songs can convey a range of emotions, feelings and messages, whether the format is a ballad, a dance song, a storytelling vehicle, or other type of song. What are some of the best lyrics written and why are they meaningful to you? If you were to write a song, what would it be about?