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An Invitation to The Dinner Party
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16 April 2011 SchoolArts
InJuly2010,wepackedourbags, readassignedarticlesontheplane, andfoundourselvesinKutztown, Pennsylvaniaforamind-expand-
ing week in a summer institute called,
An Invitation to
The Dinner Party.
the National Art
ciation and Kutz-
with Through the
Flower, a non-profit
organization founded by artist Judy
Chicago, the institute engaged us
in active exploration of history, the
accomplishments of women, gender
stereotypes, feminist pedagogy, and
deep, substantive curriculum plan-
ning. The Dinner Party, the acclaimed
artwork by Judy Chicago was the cata-
lyst for the Institute content.
The Dinner Party
We were excited to
meet people and
delve into something new. Director Dr. Marilyn
that we would
Dinner Party and its implications for
K– 12 curricula. We also would explore
The highlight was our visit to the
Brooklyn Museum where we had a
private tour of The Dinner Party with
Judy Chicago and shared what we had
researched about women “seated” at
the table. Museum educators demon-
strated lively ways to involve students
with the art work.
We explored K– 12 “encounters”
found online in The Dinner Party
Curriculum Project, and Dr. Amy
Pfeiler-Wunder and Professor Nicole
Romanski led a simple activit y that
prompted heated and poignant discussions. We separated toys into piles
according to who would play with
them—boy, girl, or both. One participant said that girls don’t play with
LEGOS; others adamantly opposed her
statement. One classmate shared her
devastating story about a brother who
wanted pink fairy wings and how he
was ridiculed for wanting “girl toys.”
We were reminded that ideas about
gender are deeply ingrained.
We were next asked to take five
minutes and list women ar tists. Even
the most informed and committed
art teachers had a problem coming up
with ten, shocking us to our core. We
had an “ah-ha!” moment realizing
that who or what we leave out might
be more impor tant than what we
teach. Admitting the difficulty in
finding classroom resources featuring women ar tists, we discovered
that many artrooms fail to represent
women artists well.
The notion of the table was used as
a metaphor for all types of individuals
coming together. In another activity,
we all offered names of women whom
we felt could sit at the table, but could
select only those meeting the original
criteria. These and other curriculum
encounters inspired our own lesson
Breaking Professional Boundaries
We learned that excellent professional
development breaks new ground, challenges beliefs, creates conversations,
and makes you uncomfortable enough
Roni Rohr and Stephanie Morris
development breaks new
ground, challenges beliefs,
creates conversations, and
makes you uncomfortable
enough to consider
Working in small groups, Institute participants sort toys and engage in lively
discussions about society and gender. Photo by Dolores Eaton.
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We questioned our teaching
concepts and actions and
found that we intuitively
teach in a feminist way. The
Dinner Party Curriculum
Institute gave us something
juicy and substantial to
stand upon and use immediately when our year began.
Inspired by The Dinner
Party Curriculum Kutztown
experience, we condensed
our week-long immersion
into feminist pedagogy into
a workshop for the New Mexico Art Education Association
conference. We highly recommend this and other professional development opportunities as a way of learning and
An Invitation to The Dinner Party Summer Institute
will be held at Kutztown University, July 10–15, 2011.
programs/ smrinst.asp for more information, or e-mail Dr.
Marilyn Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roni Rohr and Stephanie Morris both teach K– 8 art in Santa Fe,
New Mexico. email@example.com