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Invitation to workshop illustrating how Arts can teach Science

The Community Arts and Science Centre’s workshop is now set for the 28th of March 2017 incase you have people who might be interested in attending the workshop.

Science Centre Education Officers and Community Managers. Community Arts Centre Education Officers and Managers. Performing artists working for Community Arts Centre. Staff at either Science Centres or Community Arts Centres interested in the utilization of Arts to Teach Science and in particular Palaeo or Origin Sciences.

The Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) would like to invite the managers and staff mentioned above to participate in a one- day training and development workshop taking place on the 28th of March 2017. PAST, in collaboration with the National Arts Council, is working towards bridging the gap between Community Art Centres and Community Science Centres by connecting art through science. Artists who are passionate about theatre as a teaching tool will have the opportunity to view a unique and innovative way of teaching and learning science by using physical theatre. This will enable them to engage and excite varied audiences about a range of interesting scientific topics and also contribute to making a lasting difference to society by using the Arts to educate communities.

The workshop includes a practical experience of PAST’s renowned physical theatre production, ‘Walking Tall’ that will take artists on a 4.6 billion- year journey through time from the origins of the earth to present day. PAST’s Walking Tall is an internationally acclaimed production now entering its thirteenth year having performed to over one million people across Africa and abroad. Walking Tall team leader and physical theatre director, S’bo Ntshebe, will lead the Arts session of the workshop together with his team, professional actors Sandile Matsheni and Sinethemba Foba.

A short presentation on the science of our shared origins and the evolution and pre-history of humankind will be given by PAST’s Chief Scientist, Professor Blumenschine in which the participants will also learn about PAST’s All from One anti-discrimination and conservation campaign.

  • The workshop will take place at PAST’s offices at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
  • The cost of local public transportation within the JHB area will be covered.
  • A tour of the fossil collections at the University and the Origins Centre will be facilitated provided there is sufficient time available.
  • The workshop will be highly interactive, entertaining and educational.
  • PAST can only accommodate limited numbers and we urge you to book as soon as possible!
  • The workshop is free of charge as it is supported through the PAST-NAC partnership and lunch is included in the workshop.

Please include the following information:

  • The name, address and contact details of your Centre.
  • Your name and surname and your job title (or one sentence on the role you play at your Centre)
  • Your mode of transport

For more info, contact Busie Mpofu (Programmes Coordinator Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST)) | +27 63 301 5393 or +27 11 717 6668

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