About Art+Ideas

Art+Ideas explores the intersection of the creative arts—filmmaking, the visual and performance arts, traditional art making, poetry, creative nonfiction, culinary arts—and the humanities. 
Through an ongoing series of immersive and experiential workshops, along with readings, conversations and presentations with students, teachers, scholars, writers, artists, chefs and the larger public, Humanities Guåhan will engage our community around timely topics and ideas relevant to Guam and the Asia-Pacific region through creative and artistic forms of expression and interpretation. 
Workshops will take place online in accordance with social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Past Programs from this Series

Visual Storytelling with Filmmaker Brian Muña (May & August 2020)

Due to popular demand, filmmaker Brian Muña presented an additional two-part virtual Visual Storytelling Workshop in August.  Workshop participants responded to the following humanities-based prompts in order to create their unique visual stories: 
We all belong to the wider Guam community and various intersecting communities within it—explore one of these communities, taking a closer look at how it contributes to the historical, cultural, etc. landscape.

          • Choose a current social issue in Guam and explore how it affects you and/or your family (mentally, physically, spiritually, economically, professionally).
          • Visually explore your meaning of place whether in Guam, the larger Micronesian/Pacific region, the US or beyond.
          • Visually explore the meaning of community whether in Guam, the larger Micronesian/Pacific region, the US or beyond

Post-Production Sessions
In October and November, Brian also led small group post-production sessions with participants from the Visual Storytelling workshops in order to provide more focused guidance and feedback on their short films.  Many of the finalized films explored themes such as family, loss, rebirth, life in the pandemic, and issues around climate change and invasive species in the region. 

Stay tuned for some of these short films on Humanities Guåhan’s Youtube channel ➤here!

Thank you to Brian Muña for another engaging workshop, for his incredibly helpful post-production feedback, and to the participants for sharing their powerful visual stories and supporting the humanities!

Second Draft: Learning to “Listen” to What Others Are Writing
A writers’ workshop with Teresita Perez (July 2020)

Thank you to Teresita “Terry” Perez for leading her virtual two-part workshop, Second Draft: Learning to “Listen” to What Others are Writing. We’d also like to thank the amazing writers who joined the workshop and shared their inspiring work! Their work included poetry and short prose dealing with topics tied to militarism, colonialism, environmental degradation and over development; those relating to CHamoru culture and identity, such as language, history, core values, intergenerational relationships, and gender; and personal stories exploring loss, love, and faith.

This workshop aimed to help writers find a balance between a variety of reader expectations and their own wishes and goals for their writing, enabling them to produce a second draft of their work. The Second Draft workshop also aimed to help writers prepare their writing for submission to local and regional literary publications.

During the first session, Terry presented the guidelines and expectations for the workshop, which focused on approaches as a reader of other writers’ work and as a writer, considering feedback and working to develop a second draft. The workshop emphasized being in conversation with your fellow writer and clarifying the writer’s intent. She also went through techniques, such as practicing a holistic reading followed by an analytical reading. Writers were then divided into small groups (via Zoom’s break out room feature) and read one another's work, practicing the approaches and techniques outlined by Terry. Participants used this feedback to create a second draft of their work.

In the second session, the writers returned with their second drafts and were divided into the same groups and once again practiced the approaches and techniques introduced and used in the first session. Also during the final session, representatives from Detours Guåhan, Queernesia: An Anthology of Indigenous Queer Oceania, and Storyboard: A Journal of Pacific Imagery provided information about their organizations and upcoming calls for submissions.


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Art+Ideas is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency, Government of Guam, and the Office of the Governor.