Identity Sketches & The Artist Toolbox
VIA artists guide students through the basic elements and techniques of their individual art forms with the overarching question: How do you, the artist, express your identity through your art form? Each discipline is introduced through personal interviews about identity with members of VIA. Students are encouraged to participate in the interview process. Students then choose a discipline to explore, and work with VIA artists on musicianship, writing, spoken-word performance, dance technique, and theater direction. Students begin crafting their own identity pieces with coaching from VIA artists. Finally, by repeating this discovery process with an artist of a different discipline, students integrate interdisciplinary approach into their creation of a final identity piece. Depending on the length of this master-class, further development and performance of these works is optional.