The intersection of arts and education — and the idea of artists as teachers — is a subject that has long fascinated Lecturer Steve Seidel, director of the Arts in Education Program. And, as faculty chair of The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning, a professional education institute at HGSE, Seidel continues his exploration of the subject in collaboration with Silkroad and world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
With members of the Harvard faculty and the Silk Road Ensemble, participants in the program will consider the role passion plays in both learning and teaching, finding new ways to integrate the arts and connect students to their schools and communities.
"Passion-driven learning, for me, is related to the way the arts in general can actually speak things that words cannot speak," says Cristina Pato, longtime member of the Silk Road Ensemble and faculty member of The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning. "If you put that in an educational environment, isn't that the most powerful thing to have?"
In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, guest host Seidel discusses the concept of passion-driven learning with Pato and looks forward to this summer's institute.
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.