Film and Curricula: Kesa Kivel
FILM PRODUCED BY KESA KIVEL
Girl House Art Project Film (16 minutes; directed by Brooke Randolph). This film documents the last month of the ten-month Girl House Art Project, inspired by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro’s 1972 “Womanhouse” art installation. For the Girl House project, Kesa Kivel worked with a small group of middle school girls as part of the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside’s community service programming. The curriculum covered the gender wage gap, women’s history, self-defense, media literacy, and other related topics.
To find the theme for their art installation, the girls wrote and talked about what issues were important to them, with sexual harassment emerging as the most distressing common problem. The girls transformed a small on-site house into the bedroom of a girl who is being sexually harassed, artistically rendering this girl’s worries as well as the potential consequences to her of the harassment. A public exhibition of the project was held in June 2006.
The Girl House Art Project film was screened at the 2007 National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Chicago and at the 2008 Davis Feminist Film Festival. You may view this film online and/or download it at www.kesakivel.com. Free copies of the Girl House Art Project film on DVD are available (while supplies last). Contact Kesa at www.kesakivel.com.
CURRICULA DEVELOPED AND WRITTEN BY KESA KIVEL
Girl House and Beyond: A Facilitator’s Guide for Empowering Young Women. The purpose of the Girl House and Beyond curriculum is to help facilitators create a safe environment in which students can view the Girl House Art Project film and explore the topic of sexual harassment through ten engaging activities, many of which include artwork. Even if a facilitator does not have access to the film, she (or he) can still do nine of the activities. The intention is for students who have been sexually harassed to begin the healing process, and for all students to learn some critical thinking skills and gain an understanding of the social/cultural factors that affect girls’ and women’s lives. Read online and/or download this free curriculum at www.kesakivel.com. Free print copies of the Girl House and Beyond curriculum are available (while supplies last). Contact Kesa at www.kesakivel.com.
Moon Magic Workshop on Puberty: A Facilitator’s Guide for Helping Girls Come of Age (online only). The curriculum addresses the emotional, practical, and cultural aspects of menstruation and growing up female. The curriculum includes the following: lesson plans; a butterfly art activity to help girls develop their intuition; discussion questions and a handout to help girls deal with leaks; a read-around activity on puberty rites from around the world; an exercise in which girls learn some critical thinking skills and critique menstrual product advertisements; a red jellybean celebration; and a take-home letter and resource list for parents and guardians, offering talking points about growing up female, a recommended reading list, and suggestions for ways to celebrate a girl’s first period. Read online and/or download this free curriculum at www.kesakivel.com.
Taking Our Place in the Art World: Feminist Arts Curriculum (online only). The curriculum was developed in conjunction with the exhibition “Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006,” which was on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park from February 25 through April 15, 2007. The curriculum includes the following: an exercise to help students consider why there are relatively few well-known women artists; an exercise to help students explore the topic of gender stereotypes; a handout describing discrimination and obstacles faced by women in the art world; a research and art timeline activity that celebrates women’s accomplishments; and a resource list. Read online and/or download this free curriculum at www.kesakivel.com.
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Beyond: A Facilitator’s Guide for Empowering