CALTA21 uses art and museums as catalysts for learning. It is based upon the premise that visual literacy skills are transferable to other literacies and that art can be a powerful conduit to finding meaning in text. While looking at art and participating in facilitated discussions and recreating their immigrant stories, adult ELLs build new vocabulary, strengthen critical thinking skills, engage in dialogue, develop intercultural capital, articulate interpretations and develop a voice that draws from their wealth of experiences and background knowledge. CALTA21 builds an intercultural community of global learning and civic engagement.
A dynamic environment where museums provide authentic, meaningful and engaging experiences to immigrant communities and where learning, enjoyment and civic engagement support the development of the individual’s voice.
To serve as a national model and catalyst for the empowerment of adult immigrants and their families through the development of collaborations amongst museums, institutions of higher education and literacy organizations. To support systemic change that transforms museums into powerful learning spaces for adult immigrants. To be a vehicle to strengthen the immigrant’s voice by encouraging the development of their academic, social, cultural and civic capital.
Our model, a collaborative process supported by a professional development institute and the CALTA21 curriculum "Identity, Portraiture and Photography," fosters the empowerment of the adult immigrant community.
The project’s target audiences are:
Measurable outcomes and resources include:
CALTA21's implementation and dissemination plans are coordinated by:
Aligned with IMLS’s goals of creating models that can be implemented nationally, CALTA21 will develop a national network of organizations interested in implementing the model. By virtue of the collaborative implementation of CALTA21, partnerships will form and grow open pathways for some of the country’s newest residents to enhance language skills, develop cultural and social capital, facilitate access to higher education, and support workforce development, while simultaneously helping each institution expand its reach and maintain its relevance in increasingly diverse communities.
please contact Patricia Lannes, Project Director or phone her at 516-313-1091.