Mark Lomax, PAGES artist, among the featured in Columbus Alive

Mark Lomax Black Lives Matter: Columbus artists and musicians keeping debate alive after chants fade

I was so happy to see Mark Lomax on the cover of the February 19 issue of Columbus Alive. Mark was a skillful† Blues guide in the 2014 PAGES program. Our students last saw him as a panelist this past fall during our Media Arts Experience, Forbidden Voices. Echoing some of the themes of repression and finding your voice that were expressed in the documentary, drummer Lomax has teamed with tenor saxophonist Eddie Bayard to record #BlackLivesMatter that was recently released. Another artist featured in the article is rapper Correy Parks, he said, “I feel like art in general is the great connector; Sometimes people can’t put an issue in a light where it’s personal to them, but as a musician, you can paint a picture and make everyone relate to these ideas.”

“Celebrate Social Justice & Peace” in Writing

Antioch is in Yellowsprings, Ohio, about 45-60 minutes away, just outside of the Dayton area. This could be a good extra credit or additional learning assignment for some of your students…

Celebrate Social Justice & Peace

November 8th | 12:25 – 1:25pm in the PNC Auditorium

Join Antioch University Midwest and the Dizney Writing Center for a Cross-Discipline Social Justice Symposium in celebration of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize†(DLPP).


The DLPP defines peace broadly as increasing understanding between and among people as individuals or within and between families, communities, nations, ethnic groups, cultures and religions.

At Antioch University, social justice is woven throughout our community, programs and classes. It is our mission to provide education that will empower students with the power to lead meaningful lives and advance social justice.

Open-Mic with Discussion
We invite AUM Students, Faculty, Staff and our local community members to come and present their own literature focused on social justice and peace.

We will have 5 minute time slots for those interested. Writings may include excerpts from course work, publications, or other creative works such as poetry, fiction, and essays.

E-mail Rebecca Kuder to secure your time slot.

†Not Interested in Presenting? Just come to listen and support!

SURGE: Ignite!

A collaboration of five organizations (COSI, WOSU Public Media, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Wexner Center for the Arts), the SURGE program aspires to create more accessible learning opportunities for teens within the Columbus community. The program aims to re-contextualize education as a structure which molds teens into creative citizens with the capacity to develop and compete in the global economy.

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Named a creative circuit for youth, SURGE will host its Ignite! Event Thursday, April 10th from 4-7pm at COSI, to not only celebrate the new, drop-in space for teens opening at COSI but to also spread the word about SURGE to teens throughout the community.

During the event, a shuttle bus will take participants to visit all five sites where teens can experiment with audio in Columbus Museum of Art’s sound booth, explore green screen video at WOSU@COSI, hang out in the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s YOUMedia space, view videos created by teens at the Wexner Center for the Arts, and discover COSI’s new, interactive space.

Free pizza and t-shirts will be available, and teens can enter to win an iPad play.

For more information, visit :


Playful Learning Conference

Through the support of Ohio University’s Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education, the Playful Learning initiative is accepting submissions for their upcoming April 10th conference. A recognized presence within the landscape of game-based education, Playful Learning works to ignite passion and inject fun into the classroom through effective integrative play, enhancing the teaching experience for both educators and students.

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In addition to an introduction of current research, hands-on workshops, and “discussion jam sessions,” Playful Learning invites any and all educators to contribute to the dialogue with workshop, presentation, and game ideas.† Proposals will be accepted beginning January 25, 2014 until February 25, 2014.

For more information, visit the Playful Learning website.


OCTELA Education Conference

The Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts will hold a two-day conference to promote and engage the prominence of revered writers and creative educators as advocates of innovative approaches to immersed learning. The conference will facilitate wide discussion on educational techniques, methodologies, and resources to further the efficacy of the educational experience through a diversity of speakers, including the prevalent banned book author, Chris Crutcher, the creator of a free, online supplemental math assistance program, Greg Tang, and effective reading specialist for urban schools, Dr. Candy Dawson Boyd.

Scheduled to take place February 28th and March 1st at Doubletree in Columbus, Ohio, the event promises a multi-genre, multi-discipline platform for the exchange of educational ideologies and inspiration.  Visit for more information.

Teaching with Blues for Smoke

To promote cultural exposure and understanding as well as creativity and expression, PAGES teacher partner, Sherry Forster, has presented various ideas and resources integrating music as a means of education, specifically the blues.

As Congress declared 2003 “The Year of the Blues,” seven directors, including Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, have created a seven part film series to explore the evolution of blues from spiritual folk tunes to its contributions of our nation’ôs history and culture as a universal medium.† An outreach campaign was developed to introduce the blues influence into the classroom, making available an extensive amount of educational material. For more information, visit .

Stoneham, Reginald A.A. "Jazzin' The Blues." Photo. Digital Collections Music.1920-1929. 2 July 2013. .

Stoneham, Reginald A.A. “Jazzin’ The Blues.” Photo. Digital Collections Music.1920-1929. 02 July 2013. <>.

In addition, on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, under the “úEducation”Ě and “úResource”Ě tabs, one can find various lesson plan options to bring music into the classroom. The lesson plans span from utilizing music as a primary source material to distance learning options. Visit .

A participant of their Teacher Summer Institutes, Sherry recommends the site highly, comparing the diverse body of work exhibited through the House of Blues second to that of the Wexner Center for the Arts.† Programs through the Blues SchoolHouse teach anything from how to play harmonica to quilting, with classroom guides and workshop opportunities. Visit:† or the for-profit site :

A song heard at a local Columbus event, such as “School Teacher Blues” by Saffire The Uppity Blues Women, could serve as material and even, a local resource to familiarize students with the unique sound and contribution of the blues genre:


“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”¬† B.B. King, American blues musician.

"B.B. King." Photo. Blues and Music News. 2013. 02 July 2013. .

“B.B. King.” Photo. Blues and Music News. 27 April 2013. 02 July 2013. <>.


Ohio Arts Day 2013

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15th, nearly 1,000 arts advocates will be in Columbus to celebrate the arts and call on House and Senate members to ask for increased funding for arts and culture through the Ohio Arts Council.† These arts advocates need help to strengthen the impact of their voices.

House and Senate members need to know that these 1,000 arts advocates represent millions of people in Ohio. Ohio Citizens for the Arts is asking arts supporters to take a few minutes to send a pre-written, customizable email to members of the House and Senate from their E-Advocacy Center. Voices from the community will help send a powerful message.

Additionally the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon will be streamed live beginning at 12 noon tomorrow (May 15th).† Join as a virtual guest by clicking here.† Scroll down the page to the live stream!


For more information:
Ohio Citizens for the Arts/Foundation
Click the link below to log in and send your message:

Upcoming Performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

If I, Malvolio sparked a resurgence of your interest in Shakespeare, check out the Royal Shakespeare Company’s upcoming performance of Julius Caesar at the beautiful Southern Theatre. The play will be performed from Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – Sunday, May 5, 2013.

Paterson Joseph as Brutus and Jeffery Kissoon as Julius Caesar in the RSC's Julius Caesar.

photo credit: Nigel Norrington

The production of this play is part of a greater collaboration between the RSC and The Ohio State University to bring more RSC performances to the United States. CAPA provides the following description:

Set in contemporary Africa with a cast of highly acclaimed, black British actors, this groundbreaking production of Shakespeare’s great political thriller tells the story of the conspiracy against Caesar, his assassination, and the defeat of his conspirators. The production, directed by the RSC’s new artistic director Gregory Doran, depicts the struggle for democracy as well as the story of two men united by an explosive act of political violence.

Watch the trailer.

Follow the CAPA link to look up ticket information. Be sure to check on additional student discounts with a student ID.

Read more about the performance at NPR: A ‘Caesar’ With An African Accent


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A Visit from [Jennifer Egan]

If you are still thinking about Annie Leibovitz and her work with the Rolling Stones, you won’t want to miss the upcoming event on April 16th. Bexley Community Book Club will be welcoming Jennifer Egan to talk about her Pulitzer Prize winning book, A Visit from the Goon Squad.

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If you haven’t read the book yet, provides the following synopsis:

“Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive.¬†Sasha is¬†the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a¬†startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.”

Rolling Stones has named Egan their “BIG” novelist of 2012 in their article you can read by clicking here.

If reading a book by the 16th seems intimidating, you can still enjoy Egan’s presentation & afterwards purchase a copy of her novel to be signed at the event.

If interested, you can buy tickets through the Bexley Education Foundation website for $20 in advance or you may purchase them at the door for $25.

Summer Enrichment Program for Freshman & Sophomores

The Department of African American & African Studies at the Ohio State University is accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Enrichment Program for incoming freshman & sophomore high school students. The program runs from June 10-14, 2013 from 9AM-4Pm each day. There is a cost of $125 dollars per student with a nonrefundable deposit of $50. Some partial scholarships are available!

Students will have an opportunity to visit local community sites, construct representations of the community, and write narratives using a variety of creative forms.The website explains:

The program is designed to help students develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success in high school, college, and beyond.   The theme, I Am Everyday People:  Uncovering Invisible Activists for Change and Action, is designed to provide students with a space to develop an awareness of the social, economic, cultural, historical and political implications of urban renewal in a historically African American community.

For more information, check out the brochure here and download an application from the OSU website here