Magical Birds and Maleficent Winds: Mash-Ups, Fusions, and Imaginative Blends
August 8-11, 2023

Who doesn’t love a good mash-up--that song you get groovin’ to that effortlessly blends into another one of your favorites! This summer’s Habla institute will explore all the ways we can bring the idea of MASH-UPS to our classrooms. We’ll create “combinatory creatures” with different body parts. We’ll bring languages together in inventive ways. We’ll explore, listen, and fuse the sounds of Chicago to create original work. We’ll even experience the power of AI and consider ways we can bring it to our classrooms. 

The Habla Institute will be highly interactive and participatory. Sessions are hands-on workshops where participants will “learn by doing.” The event will culminate in an exhibition of work on the final day, modeling how we might bring performance and visual art-making to our global education communities and classrooms.

In this institute participants will leave with:

  • a set of tools for building project-based experience that integrate the arts into daily classroom experiences
  • a variety of approaches for fostering multimodal ways of understanding and communicating to their students
  • a framework for building a “translanguaging” pedagogy in their classrooms
  • a network of like-minded educators who are exploring cutting-edge teaching approaches

The Institute will be held at the National Museum of Mexican Art and will feature an enriching field trip to the renowned Chicago Art Institute. During this excursion, participants will have the unique opportunity to explore the captivating exhibit "Remedios Varo: Science Fictions."

Habla’s Core Principles are the foundation for the institute.

Teachers in all subject-areas and grade-levels will gain concrete tools for designing classrooms and projects around these key ideas.


2023 Institute Cost