This project is made possible by a grant from Connecting Communities Heritage, by World Learning, from the U.S. Department of State. However to make all the magic and connections happen, this project was a proposal between Melissa Malzkuhn, of Gallaudet University's Motion Light Lab and Raphael Miles, of BOZAR.
Meet Motion Light Lab, at Visual Language and Visual Learning, Gallaudet University
Motion Light Lab (ML2) is a space where creative literature and digital technology intersect to create immersive learning experiences. Our projects focus on how scientific discoveries and research foundations made by the Visual Language and Visual Learning Center can be translated into fun, educational learning tools and resources for visual learners. The digital frontier is our playground.
Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) is a Science of Learning Center in the United States, funded by the National Science Foundation, and is based at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. VL2 is a collaborative effort with more than 15 labs nationwide, all interested in the visual learning process. We seek to understand more about how learning through visual processes, visual language, and visually based social experience contributes to the development of language, reading, and literacy, and in ways that provide fascinating cognitive and linguistic advantages to the young visual learner. We seek this knowledge for the benefit of all humans.
BOZAR - The Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
Creativity, quality, and artistic diversity have been at the heart of the Centreâ€™s mission since its foundation. But for art not to be something abstract and distant, for it to be truly part of the â€œcultureâ€ of a society â€“ and particularly in a city as variegated and international as Brussels â€“ the public must be able to experience it in a way that is both natural and lively. Art and people must find and recognise each other, must interact with and enrich each other. For the greater happiness of all.
Our commitment, accordingly, is not only to the provision of a range of artistic activities, but also to achieving a â€œtotal experienceâ€. Whether with friends, as a family, alone, as a couple, in a group, or with a class, whether young or old, fans of video or of string quartets, you are all invited to feel, to breathe, to view and to check out the atmosphere of the Centre for Fine Arts. To let yourselves be seduced by the strange beauty of a building that is at once imposing and intimate. To appreciate, day after day, the remarkable quality of the events programmed here. To discover that, when it comes to art, â€œtotal experiencesâ€ are the most intense and the most precious, that they cannot be repeated, that they represent, each time, a unique experienceâ€¦
World Learning, with U.S. Department of State
For 85 years, World Learning has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. Our education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society. With our support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.
As a thriving international nonprofit organization, World Learning works across six major program areas. Weâ€™re hard at work improving global education to ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to support students â€” including English language instruction through our TESOL teacher training. We encourage civic engagement in communities around the world, and we strengthen institutions so that they can best serve their constituencies. Our workforce development programs help people cultivate the hard and soft skills they need to succeed. And we offer people-to-people exchanges for people of all ages who seek professional and academic enrichment.
All World Learning programs are grounded in five key approaches: experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management. We believe in partnering with local experts, organizations, and institutions to find solutions that will truly work for each community. Together, we create the foundations for a better tomorrow.