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Eco-Creative Learning

Eco-Creative Learning

Through the Lens of the Gulf of Mexico

For each FotoFest Biennial, FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography education program develops specialized curricula providing educators with tools for incorporating the art and ideas of the Biennial into the classroom.

The 2016 Biennial curriculum is provided free for interested educators, and was developed in partnership with Artist Boat, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of the coastal margins and ocean environment through the disciplines of the arts and the sciences. The 2016 Biennial Curriculum has been developed for grades 5-8, but is easily adaptable for all grade levels and is Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) aligned.

The lessons focus on the Gulf of Mexico, a particularly important body of water as more than half of the states in the U.S. are connected to the Gulf through streams and rivers. The Gulf of Mexico is employed as a case study to address three major topics: climate change, globalization of natural resources, and the effects of new technology. The curriculum culminates in a student-driven capstone service project engaging students in real-world action. 

To download the 2016 Biennial Curriculum, click here.

To download Family and Educator guides to the Changing Circumstances 2016 Biennial exhibition, click here.

For more information on the Literacy Through Photography education programs, click here.

Literacy Through Photography programming for the FotoFest 2016 Biennial, including the Eco-Creative curriculum, is funded in large part by The Powell Foundation.

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