Mojari’s from our ‘Put Yourself in Someone Else’s…” piece, chalked at the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival 2014!
We have chalked and talked a lot about why this project needs all the input it can get from you. Today, we want you to know why we think you could use a bit of chalk in your own life!
Chalk is a great way to deal with all those ideas you have floating around your mind. You could write or draw an idea you have been planning to work on, erase it, chalk over it, smudge it out, chalk over it some more. This could help you work things out – plans, thoughts, things that bother you, things you are passionate about, your dreams for yourself and hopes for things around you 🙂
Chalking in a public space (wherever legal!) is a great way to share a message. We do it every week with out ‘Chalk of The Town’ adventures, and it helps us share ideas in a non-intrusive way. You never know who might see it, and be inspired by it. It could guide someone to a fresh perspective on something, or just give someone something interesting to look at as they walk around town!
Chalk is also a great way to just get creative! Chalking can give you a fun break from all the things you have to do and worry about all day. You can doodle a bit, draw something you found interesting, or incorporate it into creative projects of your own.
Give chalk a chance, and let us know what fun places it takes you 🙂
What goes through your mind as you are about to step into a new space?
I am sure we all have different questions, fears, levels of excitement and concerns about going to new places. What are yours? How do you feel when you are going somewhere new, or even venturing into a different space with new people?
There are few things I love more than travelling. But, I have to say I do have certain anxieties about how people will respond to me, worries about offending them by saying the wrong thing, or making an inappropriate joke, or just not being informed enough about what is going on there. To summarise, I think my concerns revolve around a fear of being seen as an ignorant and insensitive outsider. This is usually what I am thinking of… along with excitement at the prospect of discovery, of course 🙂
We’ll be back on Dec 29th to talk more about Wandering and Wondering!
The Chalk Of The Town this week comes to you from Pune, India. It is the word ‘search’, translated written both in English and Hindi by Sumera Deane.
Sumera Deane is currently an intern working for Teach For India (TFI) and took Chalk With Me with her to class this week. She asked the class what their favourite words were, and got everyone thinking about different words. This write up comes from her:
“The school is called Ahilyabai Holkar School. It is run by the PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation) for mostly the children of the police. They come from villages around the area like Sus Gaon, Baner Gaon and Aundh. They come from violent and poor backgrounds. Teach For India has four fellows who are working towards giving these children a sound education that does not just help them pass exams, but also helps make them well-rounded people, while emphasising the value of education. They focus on learning their own languages and English in order to participate on a global scale.
The Pacific One Word Project began in the fall of 2008 as an innovative idea to provide first year students a common point of personal reflection that would help them express their level of self awareness and connect to future aspirations. The project is a purposefully linked initiative aimed at developing the social and emotional competencies (SEC) of Pacific students
Are there things you prefer to think about from a distance?
There are some issues and ideas that find their way into many of our conversations frequently and repeatedly. There are others that we are less comfortable with, or are just not ready to talk about. For me, this happens when I feel like I do not know enough on the subject, or have strong enough opinions on it, or simply when I do not feel like it is my place to speak.
The way I see it, this could stop even those who are interested in certain social justice issues from joining conversations on them. How can that safe distance be overcome? It happens for me when people encourage my questions and thoughts, and express an interest in the same, regardless of my familiarity with the issue.
What puts that distance between you and an idea or discussion?
In what other ways can we encourage everyone to offer ideas and listen to thoughts expressed about the subject in question?
I would love to hear about it, and chalk about it!
Last week, I drew this little picture about some of my sources of knowledge. I think that each of us has a unique knowledge base, that forms because of the people and situations we come across. This week, I’d like to think about how that affects the things we care about, and what we can bring to a conversation on equality.
Think about how you were first introduced to the things that are important to you. Did someone tell you about that book, movie or song you love more than any other? How did you get your job, choose the things you study, learn the skills you possess? And, how did you develop an interest in the social justice issue that concerns you the most?
Social justice and equality are concepts that are made up of so many different aspects and issues. We might know more about, or try to find more information on a few of these, depending on the interests we develop. With the knowledge we collect, we put together different sets of concerns, and each of these is essential to the conversation on equality.
Whether you want to talk about issues around ability, age, animal rights, class, culture, education, gender, sex, identity, race, privilege, or anything else that’s going on in the world, you bring your specific knowledge and interests to the conversation, and this is important. Each of us has something to contribute, and something to introduce the people around us to.
Chalk With Me needs your unique knowledge, and wants to incorporate your concerns into this project, to get more and more ideas on equality. Heidi and I put our different sets of knowledge, concerns and ideas together on a daily basis to chalk, and I know I have learnt a lot from Heidi and this process. It can lead to fantastic things, like this bit of chalking we did over the weekend.
Share your concerns – we’ll listen 🙂