Shared Citizenship – The Art of Kulanana is a program for elementary Jewish and Arab students, which embraces a process of introduction to, and expansion of boundaries for, consideration of the ‘other’ through the creation of art.
The last three years the program has been focused in the Northern District (led in the northern regions by the Civics’ Education staff team and Art Teachers’ Supervisor) and in 2015 the program will be expanded to other regions.
It should be noted that this program can facilitate additional opportunities for meetings between groups of pupils with different identities – religious and secular, immigrants and veterans, students with special needs and main stream and more.
The program’s basic assumptions are that there are negative stereotypical perceptions, ignorance and a lack of understanding between the groups about each other and that a basic intuition unites people around what is good and perceived as beautiful. The involvement with art leads to a change in attitudes challenges participants to find the aesthetic beauty in the other.
The final goal of the program is the students’ recognition of the beauty in and the culture of the other students and how this contributes to enriching society. The understanding that there is beauty and strength in diversity, and multiplicity, enhances the learning process and strengthens coexistence.
What the Program Includes:
Two 30 hour courses for teachers, held at The Pisga Center and/or Beit Yatziv.
3 to 4 student meetings at various museums that include introductory activities, joint tour of the exhibit and a joint creative art project.
The dissemination of content to students, based on content learned in the teachers’ course, as part of weekly art classes and preparation for the museum meetings.