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Monday's Dinner and a Movie

After gathering nametags and institute materials, we will have introductions and an overview of the week. Then, we will move downstairs for dinner and a showing of "Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party".

"Right Out of History" reveals the behind-the-scenes drama of this enormous undertaking — the meticulous research, the technical problems and financial pressures, and the amount of sheer physical labor involved in creating a symbolic history of women’s achievements.


Carrie Jeruzal, 2014 Minx A. Auerbach Award winner

Carrie Jeruzal is a K-12 Visual Art Educator with 15 years total experience, in the Pentwater Public School District, in Pentwater, Michigan. Carrie is an Educator Mentor in her district and has presented at numerous regional, state and national art education conferences. In addition, she serves as a Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Project Item Writer and Exemplar Scorer. She is a 2016 Fellowship Recipient for the National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute, the recipient of the 2014 Minx M. Auerbach Award for Excellence in Teaching, a 2011 Fellowship Recipient for the Korea Academy for Educators, a 2010 Fellowship Recipient for the China Study Tour Indiana University through the National Consortium for Teaching About East Asia, and the 2004 Fellowship Recipient through the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund. She is a graduate of Hope College, where she majored in Art and French, and Western Michigan University, where she earned her M.A. in Art Education. About her connection with art, Carrie states, “I’ve been an artist all my life, my first medium was a crayon and my current media are my students! Inspired by my world travels, developing exciting K-12 Visual Arts Curriculum and teaching are truly my vocation and my passion.”

Maria Elena Mogas, 2016 Minx A. Auerbach Award winner

Maria Elena Mogas is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She received a BFA with a concentration in sculpture, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and in Instruction from The University of Texas in San Antonio. She has exhibited her artwork throughout Texas and New York, and has been an art educator for 13 years.

In her most recent position at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, an inner city, public all girls school, she established a Women’s Studies Program. Beginning with the 6th grade, she led students through a study of the Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, using the curriculum she discovered on the Through the Flower website. In examining The Dinner Party with her students, the dialogue was rich with details. The enduring concepts resulting from the student engagement were knowing their own history, both past and present, and being empowered with this information to become innovators in their future.

Two years later, in 2012, Maria Elena attended The Dinner Party Institute for the first time, bringing together her past experience with specific training offered by the framers of the curriculum, and an unforgettable experience. The next year, in 2013, Ms. Mogas offered a presentation on teaching The Dinner Party at The Texas Art Educators Association.

In her own words, Maria reflects... “As I assess the entire process, what stands out to me the most is the beauty and design of the curriculum, the way it brought women and girls together to examine their own history, and the importance of sisterhood. My life and the lives of my students have changed as we are further self actualized as a result of experiencing The Dinner Party Curriculum.

Trip to The Brooklyn Museum of Art

An exploration of The Dinner Party with colleagues and then with Brooklyn Museum Curators and Museum Educators!

Potluck Dinner

Thursday was the day when those who worked on The Dinner Party got together for a potluck dinner. We want to honor that tradition, however, because we will traveling to the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, we have planned to meet at Marilyn's house for a potluck on Tuesday at 5:30pm.


C.J. mirrors the graceful position of the goddess figure at The Brooklyn Museum of Art.



The Minx M. Auerbach Award for Excellence in Education
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Offered by Kutztown University, in partnership with Through the Flower, a nonprofit feminist art
organization founded by Judy Chicago, and with co-sponsor, the National Art Education Association.

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