Call Gualala Arts at 707-884-1138 to register.
Students should bring writing utensils, journals, paper, and a yoga mat (on dates to be specified).
“As a scholar, I have worked with Anne in planning a community art project here in Mill Valley, as an expansion of her work in Peru. In this undertaking, I have been enormously impressed by her originality of thought and her broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of her subject… I work with many talented people at the Community Center; Anne is extraordinary in the enthusiasm, excitement, and thoroughness…” — Candra Day Executive Director, Mill Valley Community Center
Collage, left, by Anne Menne.
Since ancient times our shamans, seers, poets, saints and children have navigated multiple worlds to bring back healing for the community by restoring its proper forms, forces, and relationships. We all live in multiple worlds, but our culture trains us to recognize only one. Many of our human problems appear insoluble, because this world cannot sustain such contraction of awareness and action.
In this class we will explore anthropological research, scientific explanations and experiential practices of these skills of remembering who we are. We will experiment with objective opportunities to make conscious world and worldview as maps of our collective journey; subjective explorations of our multiple selves; inter-subjective relationships between and beyond the human; and communications within and between our communities and our worlds. Topics include the range of human experience typically included in the study of anthropology, as well as new discoveries and experiential tools for co-creating culture, such as postural states of mind; paths and directions; physiological correlations with movements of earth and sky; common languages of art, ritual and myth; and cultural limits and anomalies.
About Anne Menne
Anne is a founding partner of the Cultural Medicine Institute, which focuses on research and education about anthropology, arts, human development, medicine, and anthropology as medicine. Her current focus is research and writing about American society. She has worked as a project and exhibition designer director and writer to initiate, develop and produce research and educational programs for urban and rural, multi-ethnic and international audiences and products for exhibition, instruction, entertainment and public media, including extensive studies in Peru.
Her experience includes:
Executive Director, Heart of Anthropology, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to anthropological research and education.
Sponsored projects have included Project Peru, described below, and a research and community education program about the Iodine Deficiency Disorder Program in Peru co-sponsored by the United Nations and Kiwanis International. Fifty of the one hundred children participating in Project Peru were located and interviewed over twenty years later, and results presented in paper and video formats at international conferences. A comparative program in urban and country schools in Oaxaca, Mexico, was undertaken in 2006.
Project Peru Director and Foundation Fellow, Inter-American Foundation.
Developed a multi-media ethnographic research project on child individuation and socialization in Peru. The purpose of this project was to gather data on Latin American culture in order to reality test educational materials being developed by the University of California. Worked as anthropologist and teacher in wealthy, middle class, poor and migrant neighborhoods in and around Lima, Peru, to research and document the project in photographs, tape and film. Returned to the United States to develop the second phase of the project, assembled an especially equipped van to serve as mobile research station and artmobile, and drove from Vancouver, Canada, to Peru and Bolivia to conduct the second phase of the project. Results of the project included photographs, tapes and films and approximately eight hundred paintings with written descriptions by Peruvian children.
Guest Curator, Being Ten Years Old in Peru: Children Paint Their World, Junior Arts Center, Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles.
Preparation and planning included visiting exhibitions; selecting material from the Peru collection and from photographs, tape and film documentation for exhibition; designing, scripting and story-boarding presentation; choosing appropriate forms of audio-visual media; preparing educational and publicity material to involve observers as participants; training staff; and speaking to audiences and media.
Project Initiator, Designer, Director and Curator, Children Paint Their World: Being Ten Years Old in Mill Valley, California and Lima, Peru, California Council for the Humanities & the National Endowment for the Humanities and Mill Valley Community Center.
Conducted an ethnographic research, exhibition, and community self-review project in Mill Valley, California, funded by the California Council for the Humanities & the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mill Valley Community Center. Researched, documented, evaluated and presented results in a series of community programs.
Anne holds a Master of Arts in Creative Arts Interdisciplinary Studies; a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, Anthropology, Folklore, Education; and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. She has produced films and exhibited fiber art and poetry.