Active Teachers Program in Punta Arenas Has Officially Begun

Selected teachers for the 2019 version of this program are currently participating in a series of activities in Punta Arenas, where they will experience, share, and deepen their interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of art, science and nature.

On April 24, the educators from the Araucanía and Magallanes regions arrived to Punta Arenas, where they will be learning and working until Sunday, April 28th in a series of workshops.

On Thursday the 25th, the teachers, along with Fundación Mar Adentro’s (FMA) team, toured the city of Punta Arenas and conducted an activity associating sound, image, and word in order to familiarize themselves and learn more about FMA.

They later visited the Río Seco Natural History Museum (MHNRS in spanish), where its staff showed participants the museum’s collections, spaces and the educational programs that they develop. Both the museum’s way of handling its collection as well as its educational program brings together culture and science to share and teach different ways of acquiring knowledge on the Austral southern Chilean environments.

The teachers then had a discussion in the MHNRS with filmmaker Tiziana Panizza, who then presented her short film La Isla de los Pájaros Sombra (The Island of the Shadow Birds). She spoke about interdisciplinarity, the creative process of filmmaking, and its relation to the field of education.

The third day of the program will consider a visit to the San Isidro lighthouse where teachers will participate in workshops and lectures  led by the MHNRS team. Then, they will explore the site of what is left of the historic whaling plant of the Whaling Society of Magallanes in Bahía Águila. They will also be exposed to natural and cultural spaces utilizing the disciplines of ecology, history and archaeology.

The last day of the program will conclude at the Hotel Estación Náutica with a series of experiential activities. A case study by the artist-educator María Jesús Olivos (Education Coordinator of Fundación Mar Adentro) will be presented on artistic practices as an interdisciplinary tool.

A feedback discussion group on selected projects will also take place that Saturday allowing the participating teachers  to share their thoughts and ideas about each proposal and the knowledge acquired during their time in Punta Arenas. In addition, the workshop “Found Objects and their Value” will follow, in which participants will learn techniques of object reproduction, through alginate and plaster molds.

On the 28th, teachers will return to their homes. From that moment forward, they will be left with the important task of replicating the experiences and learning acquired during their stay in Punta Arenas. The next part of the Active Teachers program will be for participants to implement the projects in their educational establishments. In this way, teachers are developed as replicating agents of these educational innovations in which art and nature are connected.