Projects: The Dinner Party Institute
From 2011 to 2015 Through the Flower supported The Dinner Party Institute, an annual program offered by Kutztown University, which provided training in the many potential applications of the Curriculum to K-12 teachers.
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania offered an the annual week long summer Dinner Party Institute, a series of interactive sessions where teachers investigated The Dinner Party as a catalyst for learning about the history of women and their achievements, gender issues, feminism and feminist pedagogy. The Institute curriculum provided educators with materials to teach about cultural context, social issues and women’s achievements through the rich history and content of The Dinner Party. The curriculum team, headed by Dr. Marilyn Stewart, Professor of Art Education at KU, leads participants in exploring the curriculum and models for building upon the content of The Dinner Party; various guest presenters guide participants in investigations of women artists, handwork traditions, and issues of curriculum design, with a focus on K-12 teaching. Teachers who have implemented the Curriculum return to share their experiences at the Institute.
The Institute also presented a trip to the Brooklyn Museum to explore The Dinner Party and meet with Judy Chicago. After leaving the Institute, participants incorporated parts of the Curriculum into their own teaching and shared their experiences through curriculum documents and other means.