The visual arts are beautiful, wondrous, mysterious and provocative
works of expression, and when utilized as educational tools for
diversity the results are magical. TYIM utilizes the visual arts,
which include; drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, photography,
installations and multi media in various educational venues and
TYIM has held
shows and exhibitions throughout the bay area. TYIM has held such
events in schools, universities, corporations, community centers,
and established art galleries. The art work is used in either group
shows or as individual pieces, depending on the venue and location.
The art is usually combined with a training or speaking engagement
designed to touch on the particular diversity issue being discussed.
This is generally facilitated with a trained diversity educator
How a particular
topic or theme for a show or exhibition is established is done in
basically two ways:
- For art galleries
and organizations: a proposal, curator statement and art slides
are submitted for review.
- For corporations
and educational institutions: meetings are set up with a contact
person, be it a supervisor, principal, teacher, etc., and the
programs TYIM offers are discussed in detail as well as a needs
assessment given by the client. All this goes into the design
of the diversity education program and art exhibit which TYIM
and the client feel would be appropriate to meet the particular
corporations and or educational institutions needs.
In some cases, particular locations have space constraints and unsuitable
walls for hanging. In such cases TYIM will come in and create a
gallery space by providing proper materials and specialized portable
walls, isles and or podiums designed specifically for the hanging
or placing of art. TYIM feels diversity education and the arts are
too important to allow walls to stop us. TYIM’s objective
is to remove as many obstacles as possible which may keep the community
from being able to be educated.
Art and the shows and exhibits TYIM creates are specific and unique
to each client and their diversity educational needs. TYIM feels
the personal touch is the best touch and in some cases if the client
can’t come to us, we bring the art and diversity education
to them. Its real people, real emotions, real education and real
art, that’s what diversity arts education is all about.
Performing arts are a highly energized and connective art form.
Unlike the visual arts, which in most cases creates a thoughtfully
quiet, internalized reaction, the performance arts can be emotionally
charged, loud and in your face, creating out bursts of laughter,
sobs and anger. Both art forms, visual and performance, are very
powerful communicators and tools for evoking emotional responses.
One noticeable difference between performing and visual arts is
that the visual art form sometimes takes a moment or even hours
of analysis before psychologically creating an emotional response.
But with performing arts the effects can be an immediate, explosive
event psychologically and physically for its viewers and participants.
Which one has the longer lasting and more potent effects between
visual or performance arts can certainly be debated. What TYIM has
done is cut out the debate and combined the two disciplines creating
an emotional impact which is doubled in its potency. Coupled with
insightful discussion and dialogue by the TYIM diversity educators,
the effects are astounding. One of the keys TYIM has found to utilizing
both disciplines is not to have them competing at the same time.
They can share the same space, but they have to have some type of
a slight separation. For instance, if an art reception and a performance
are all going on at once, it becomes too much, and over loads the
senses so that the retention of any message or lesson becomes garbled,
due to the fact, there is no distinct focus. Now that’s fine
and effective for a party atmosphere where camaraderie and interaction
is the point, but you will loose the opportunity for any real effective
learning and or the retention of the diversity subject or lessons
trying to be taught. The two disciplines, for the purpose of education,
must be broken up or separated either by allowing a brief moment
for dialogue before moving from the art to the performance piece
or by physically moving the audience through the art and settling
in another location for the performance piece. This can be as simple
as another spot in a gallery or in a completely separate room. TYIM
has experienced, that like a performance itself, education needs
rhythm. The slow tempo, methodical visual arts warms the audience
with a steady pulse of in depth thought, then explodes into high
energy as the performance art takes hold allowing the audience to
release their emotional restraints. Diversity Education like all
educational subjects, has peaks and valleys and no art educational
experience is complete without the emotional releasing power of
the performing arts.