UT Arts Symposium Explores Multi Sensory Literacy and Learning

Eye On Art  |  02/01/2018 9:00 am

The University of Toledo School of Visual and Performing Arts will present a dialogue focused on multi-sensory literacy and learning in its 2018 Arts Symposium, Monday, February 19 in the Student Union on UT’s main campus. Daily, people are bombarded by a cacophony of stimuli signaling each of their senses. Most often, they involuntarily react to their senses without fully engaging the experience. The symposium topic discussions explore how to develop a fuller understanding of human sensory messaging systems, using them to enhance our human experience, as well as strategies and educational approaches that can be used to heighten sensory awareness, improve sensory literacy, and enhance learning.

The featured speaker is Dr. Sara Diamond, president of OCAD University, Canada’s, “University of the Imagination.” She was recently honored as one of Canada’s 150 leading women. Since her appointment in 2005, she has led OCAD University’s evolution to a full university, helping to build its trans-disciplinary and research-creation research capacity and infrastructure, integrate STEM subjects, create its Digital Futures Initiative, launch the Indigenous Visual Culture Program, strengthen its approach to inclusion, and grow its undergraduate and graduate programs in studio art and design. Diamond is a researcher in media arts history and policy, visual analytics and has created wearable technologies, mobile experiences and media art.

The 2018 SVPA Arts Symposium is a free event and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Parking is also free in lots nearest the Student Union. Registration to the event is available online at www.utoledo.edu/al/svpa/symposium/.


8 a.m. Check In (light refreshments served)

8:30 - Welcome - Opening Remarks

8:45 – 10 a.m.
Shared Fantasies: Becoming Political, Becoming Pedagogical
How can productive, shared fantasies in the forms of pervasive games, role-playing games, and graphic non-fictions provide insight on critical pedagogical methods for art educators?

Multi-modal Live Performance of Disability in I Was Never Alone
A presentation on the experience of working with a diverse group of disabled and non-disabled actors, musicians, and dancers on an ethnographic live performance taking place in English, ASL, and Russian.

Studio Matrix System: Identifying Motivation and Setting A Course for Creative Artists with Disabilities
Utilizing the Studio Matrix System method, teachers and facilitators are able to locate each student artist within a matrix of factors that influence their decision making during the creative process.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Truth, or Something Like It: Science, Art, and Narrative
Highlighted Speaker – Lance Gharavi, Associate Professor, and Artistic Director of Theatre in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University

12 Noon - 1 p.m. - SU Auditorium Lunch
There is no formal program during lunch and food is available at many venues in the Student Union. A salad bar lunch, which also includes a beverage and dessert, can be ordered when registering. The cost is $12.

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
MultiSensory/MultiModal Learning in Community Programs
Arts Commission, Imagination Station, The Toledo Opera
How do community organizations foster multi-sensory learning?

Let's Get AMPEd! Collaborative Curriculum in Art, Music, and Physical Education
This session will present collaborative lesson plans combining state standards in Art, Music, and Physical Education including collaborative units based on cultures from around the world.

2:45 - 4 p.m.
Learning to Look: A Collaboration between the University of Toledo and the Toledo Museum of Art
Urban institutions of higher education have unique opportunities to partner with major cultural institutions. This panel will address a pilot collaboration around Visual Literacy between the University of Toledo and the Toledo Museum of Art.

A Picture's Worth 500 Typed, Double-Spaced Pages: The Use of Infographics for Improving Student Writing
This presentation will focus on the benefits of introducing an infographic design challenge as a precursor to written assignments in the humanities or social sciences.

Some Steps Towards Literacy in the Second Language: A Sample Lesson
Local example of the use of the teaching approach OWL (Organic World Language), a particular teaching sequence specially designed to teach foreign languages that involves the only use of the target language (TL) and the following parts: 30% review, 50% content, 15% summary. Amongst each step, transitions, pairings/groupings, resets, and/or brain breaks are inserted as part of the lesson plan every teacher must follow.

4:15 - 5:30 - SU Auditorium
STEAM+D - 21st Century Knowledge
Featured Speaker – Dr. Sara Diamond, CEO and President of OCAD University - The University of the Imagination

5:30 - 7 p.m. – Cash Bar and Reception (follows speaker, Dr. Sara Diamond)