Thursday, February 15, 2018

Photographing the Beauty of Life in the Shadow of War or Finding Kindness amidst ward



While violence might be the only thing depicted in times of trouble or war, it’s not the whole picture. That’s what photographer Ami Vitale learned in places like Kosovo and Gaza. At the age of 26, Vitale quit her office job in Manhattan to go abroad and make a difference. There, she got a job as a photographer for a business journal when war broke out nearby, instantly altering her course and putting her on the path to becoming a well-known war photographer. Tasked with photographing violence, Vitale focused on the frontlines but saw other stories not being told. She found the moments that really touched her were the life-affirming ones. Sometimes in plain view, sometimes hidden away, the stream of humanity flowed. In this National Geographic talk, Vitale asks the question, "What if we chose to illuminate the things that unite us as human beings, rather than just the things that divide us?"

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

RAK someone today- National RAK Day, February 17


RAK Week

Launched in 1995, RAK Week is is an annual opportunity to unite people around the world through kindness. This year, it is observed February 11 through 17, capping off the week with “Random Acts of Kindness Day” on February 17.

Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog 2018


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Reflective Moment by Helen Opper'2005



Helen Opper'05 is an independent curator and consultant at The Art Hall  on 23rd Street https://www.arthallokc.com/

"I am very pleased to be able to contribute to the cultural offerings of Oklahoma City through organizing exhibitions and working with artists at The Art Hall and other spaces around the city. 

The education and experience that I gained in high school, college, graduate school, and in internships and jobs in San Francisco and New York allowed me to broaden my horizons through studying many kinds of artwork and experiencing many different types of art jobs. This variety in turn allowed me to discover what I am truly good at, and to hone in on my strongest skills. 


My background at Casady has been influential in my career choice in two primary ways. The first is that I was exposed to a formal study of chronological art history in Mrs. Seitter's AP Art History course in a way that was fun and interesting. This, along with exposure to the humanities at home, was what helped me realize I wanted to work with art in some way as an adult. The second way that Casady's influence has shown through is the emphasis on helping others. While working in the arts has its occasional glamorous moments, most of us are more interested in working with other people in creative ways and using art to better others' lives, than we are in making a huge income (unfortunately not usually a reality in art jobs).   I was very involved with the Service Learning Committee, current name is YAC (Youth Active in the Community) and with several Service Learning projects during my time at Casady, and it has enriched my life as a result. I truly believe that art does improve peoples' lives by providing new ways to think about the world, and my work boils down to making art accessible to more people. Through organizing shows and helping artists develop their professional skills, gain exposure, and get their work sold, I know I am contributing to more than just those individual artists' lives. Art can change the world for the better, and I am happy to be part of a group of cultural workers and promoters."

Helen's latest exhibit is Fringe at the Art Hall https://www.arthallokc.com/fringe

FRINGE at The Art Hall, January - April 2018
Fringe at The Art Hall is an exhibition of artwork by the members of FRINGE Women Artists of Oklahoma. FRINGE, established in 2011, "is a collective of professional women artists actively working in our state to bring awareness to female artists. Wee are an alliance of contemporary artists providing various fine art mediums and provocative concepts to our communities. As a group, we work together to nurture and empower one another, gain visibility, and create opportunities, all while evolving individually as artists."


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Literary Exchange 2018 Project

Senior/Kindergarten Literary Exchange

Each trimester Casady seniors take a new English course, similar to college seminar courses. Multiple Genre Creative Writing, taught by Whitney Finley, is one of the courses offered during the winter trimester, and students in this course have concluded a unit of study focused on children’s literature.
After spending a few days reading and critiquing children’s literature, the seniors began the process of crafting their own children's stories. The seniors worked diligently on their projects and were conscientious about content, structure, characterization, illustrations, and use of rhetorical devices. The project culminated with an opportunity for the seniors to share their stories with kindergarten children today. This opportunity for our oldest Cyclones to engage with our younger Cyclones as a part of the learning process is unique and special for all of the children and enhances our Casady Community.
This is the eighth year for this project. Casady kindergarteners will now craft their own unique stories and reciprocate a sharing time with seniors in the spring.

Jack McMahan and 4th graders speaking at chapel on February 8th

Jack McMahan will be speaking in LD chapel Thursday, February 8th in the Casady Activity Building. 

He is in a wheelchair, the result of a biking accident. Mrs. Vick's fourth graders have been, and will continue to work with a professional web developer, Yam Chavist, every week in her classes to create a website for Jack's new initiative.


McMahan is the President of Crossing the Chasm, LLC, an accessibility management consulting company where he specializes in helping municipal and private facility owners and managers evaluate, build, and adapt effective accessibility solutions.


He is also the Executive Director of AccessWorks, Inc., an Oklahoma nonprofit company that helps architects, city planners, and recreation facility owners and managers, design, build and fund universally designed recreation and leisure facilities and programs for people with disabilities.


An avid outdoorsman, McMahan sustained a serious bicycle accident in 2004 that left him a quadriplegic. After years of physical rehabilitation, he looked for ways to return to the outdoors, to get his power wheelchair off sidewalks, onto trails, and into authentic nature experiences. Finding accessible recreation facilities was more difficult than he expected. Leveraging his entrepreneurial spirit, he launched an intensive study of applicable municipal, State and Federal laws. He began studying municipal parks, recreation centers, children camps and museums throughout the United States, where the collective wisdom of facility owners and managers, local architects and city planners helped him assemble practical tools, techniques and tangible examples of success. To gain technical mastery Mr. McMahan studied applicable accessibility laws alongside the elements of program access, access management and concepts of interpretive planning and universal design with experts from the National Center on Accessibility, The National Park Service, and the Smithsonian.


McMahan’s unique, holistic approach is based on the application of an inclusive interpretation of ADA Title II/III and Section 504 of the1973 Rehabilitation Act. As a person with a disability, he recognizes the challenges of physical and programmatic barriers first hand. While many architects and planners interpret these Acts to mean primarily that physical barriers must be removed, he understands that compliance with the Act calls for a broader understanding of mobility, sensory and cognitive disabilities coupled with the application of a variety of customized tools, techniques and management practices to assure that all people have an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of intended programs, activities and services.


To broaden his perspective, he built a network of people with other disabilities and professionals who serve people with disabilities. Collectively this community helps CTC understand what people want, what works, and why. As a result, his evaluations combine the technical requirements as defined by various acts alongside practical recommendations that achieve results.
Jack will speak about: service, disabilities, and he will recognize our fourth graders!


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Reverend Mother Nontombi Naomi Tutu at UD and MD chapels on February 23rd.

The Chapel Department is very excited to announce that on Monday, Feb. 26 the Reverend Mother Nontombi Naomi Tutu will be the guest speaker for our Upper Division and Middle Division special assemblies. I know that you recognize this to be a wonderful opportunity for our community to engage one another in conversation around the topic of racial justice. As this is a conversation, the format for the assembly presentation will be that of an interview. 

Ms. Sarah Smith, our Interim Director of Service Learning and member of the Chapel Department, will facilitate the interview by inviting our special speaker to answer grade-level appropriate questions. As this is a community-focused event, we would like to invite our teachers and students to submit questions for Ms. Smith to ask Mother Tutu during the assembly. Please keep in mind that not all questions may be answered at the special chapel assembly. If you or your students would like to submit a question, please turn them in by Friday, Feb. 23.

From http://servicelearningconference.org/2016/meet-experts.php


Nontombi Naomi Tutu: 
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The challenges of growing black and female in apartheid South Africa has led Nontombi Naomi Tutu to her present as an activist for human rights. Those experiences taught how much we all lose when any of us is judged purely on physical attributes. 
Tutu is the third child Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She was born in South Africa and has also lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She was educated in Swaziland, the US and England, and has divide her adult life between South Africa and the US. Growing up the 'daughter of ...' has offered Naomi Tutu many opportunities and challenges in her life. Most important of these has been the challenge to find her own place in the world. She has taken up the challenge and channeled the opportunities that she has been given to raise her voice as a champion for the dignity of all.

Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa to being program coordinator for programs on race & gender and gender-based violence in education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, and Brevard College in North Carolina. She served as program coordinator for the historic Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, and was a part of the Institute's delegation to the World Conference Against Racism in Durban.

UD students honor Black History Month in UD and MD Chapels





Article by YAC Secretary Malavika R.'20 forthcoming

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February is Black History Month

The American story through the African American lens  https://nmaahc.si.edu/


YAC in collaboration with Miss Smith, Substitute Teacher for Mrs. Clay and Coach T. will be presenting stories of famous Oklahoma African Americans.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vI4e8L3DwFbz01EJOMqoJ5gigDO0GCjJb7Em-xGDMog/edit?usp=sharing



From Wikipedia

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher (February 8, 1924 - October 18, 1995) was a key figure in the Civil Rights Movementin Oklahoma. She applied for admission into the University of Oklahoma law school in order to challenge the state's segregation laws and to become a lawyer.[1] She was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma and was the daughter of a minister, Rev. Travis B. Sipuel, and his wife, the former Martha Belle Smith.



John Hope Franklin (January 2, 1915 – March 25, 2009) was an American historian of the United States and former president of Phi Beta Kappa, the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Southern Historical Association. Franklin is best known for his work From Slavery to Freedom, first published in 1947, and continually updated. More than three million copies have been sold. In 1995, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1913[a] – April 16, 1994) was an American novelist, literary critic, and scholar. Ellison is best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953.[2] He also wrote Shadow and Act (1964), a collection of political, social and critical essays, and Going to the Territory (1986). For The New York Times, the best of these essays in addition to the novel put him "among the gods of America's literary Parnassus."[3] A posthumous novel, Juneteenth, was published after being assembled from voluminous notes he left after his death.

Hannah Diggs Atkins (November 1, 1923 – June 17, 2010) was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1968 to 1980, and the first African-American woman elected to it. She was later appointed to the simultaneous positions of Secretary of State of Oklahoma and Secretary of Social Services, establishing her as the highest ranked female in Oklahoma state government until she retired in 1991.[1]

Charles Henry Christian (July 29, 1916 – March 2, 1942) was an American swing and jazz guitarist.

Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar and a key figure in the development of bebopand cool jazz. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra from August 1939 to June 1941. His single-string technique, combined with amplification, helped bring the guitar out of the rhythm section and into the forefront as a solo instrument. John Hammond[1] and George T. Simon[2]called Christian the best improvisational talent of the swing era. In the liner notes to the album Solo Flight: The Genius of Charlie Christian (Columbia, 1972), Gene Lees wrote that "Many critics and musicians consider that Christian was one of the founding fathers of bebop, or if not that, at least a precursor to it."[3]
Christian's influence reached beyond jazz and swing. In 1990, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category Early Influence.

In 2006 Oklahoma City renamed a street in its Bricktown entertainment district "Charlie Christian Avenue" (Christian was raised in Oklahoma City and was one of many musicians who jammed along the city's "Deep Deuce" section on N.E. Second Street).
Clara Shepard Luper was a civic leader, retired schoolteacher, and a pioneering leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. Wikipedia
DiedJune 8, 2011, Oklahoma City, OK



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Celebrating Black History Month

February 2018

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February is Black History Month, and serves as a time to honor and reflect on the expansive history, culture, struggles, accomplishments and contributions of the African American community.

You can use this time to bring service and learning together, challenging young people to educate themselves, share their knowledge and give back to their community.

Get started with resources below: