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Artists Finding a CommonTime

GUEST

Christine Matovich, Founder, CommonTime.online, Performing Arts Coordinator and Outreach, Music Educator at International School of Stuttgart

COHOST

Terri Moore, Artist, Instructor in Art and Director of the Tremaine Gallery, The Hotchkiss School

TAKEAWAYS

Ayla Gavins, Curriculum Coordinator and Instructional Coach

Quote Icon What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It’s not what you see that is art; art is the gap.
Marcel Duchamp
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Find out more about Christine’s work at CommonTime.online! Terri Moore’s work is at terrimoorestudio.com.

Questions from the Pod:

You speak often about connections. Can you speak more about the necessity of the intercultural nature of CommonTime as an endeavor and how that global nature influences CommonTime? Can you tell us how this inspired your creation and how it impacts the organization as it comes into being?

How do we have to meet students where they are? How do the narratives we create connect people? In responding to CommonTime and our work with students – Building narratives together opens up even more ways to connect back to students.

We talked about meeting students where they are; now let’s talk about meeting each other where we are. You worked toward creating CommonTime in a pandemic. Can you talk to us about what it was like to create a business within a pandemic over little squares on a computer?

As we navigate a space with students where we center diverse perspectives and work to present multiple points of view and experiences beyond simply a majority or dominant perspective, how can CommonTime, or arts writ large, play a role in dismantling or challenging held norms by centering connections?

Yours to Create’s theme and interludes are by Maisie Bull. Yours to Create is produced by New England Innovation Academy.

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After our first full week into summer, we want to look back on a year-long project that yielded impressive results for three of our amazing rising 12th graders.

This past fall, NEIA 11th graders pitched products that could add value to people’s lives by curing diseases or ailments. This is part of the BioTrek Program: a joint initiative by ARMI (Advanced Regenerative Medical Institute) and BioFabUSA. Students pitched their amazing ideas to Tim McCauley, their peers, and a panel of judges made up of NEIA staff members. 

Throughout these presentations, our students walked through all phases of the Biotrek journey. First, identifying a problem. Second, engineering a solution using bio-manufacturing techniques. In the third phase, they developed a business and financial model for their product. The final phase was this event: pitching to their peers and judges. They are trying to solve real medical issues, such as endometriosis, chronic lung disease, color blindness, and osteogenesis (just to name a few). 

The winners moved on to the Final Presentations judged by representatives from ARMI and Biofab, which decided
who would represent NEIA against other schools in the Biotrek Championship. The winning group chosen to go to the championship was Endopexy, created by Milena, Lila, and Max H.

Milena, Lila, and Max’s hard worked paid off as they were the winning team of the championships. We are so proud of these three innovators for working hard the whole year and being recognized in such a highly competitive program.

This project-based learning program continues to be a very valuable experience for our innovators. You can clearly see the intersection of subjects like science, math, entrepreneurship, and communications. It is the perfect example of how integrated academics lead to exciting projects and connections.

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This weekend, three of our 11th grade students: Vicki, Owen, and Langston, won first place at the Entrepreneurship for All - EforAll All Ideas Pitch Competition for their idea around the NEXTGEN Summit, a conference that Langston initiated this spring at NEIA.

Owen explains the idea to execution as follows, "My mother is an alum of the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Business Accelerator Program. One night while scrolling Instagram, she found a post by EforAll about an All Ideas Pitch Competition happening. She sent me the post at 11:20 p.m. and we were signed up for the event by 12:15 a.m. A few weeks later we were selected to table at the event with the potential of being able to participate in the final pitch competition. We landed a spot in the pitch competition, and it was a huge success as we not only won the first place prize of $1000, but also won the Fan Favorite prize for an additional $500. We were by far the youngest attendees at the event and were pitching with people who were already well removed from college."

We are so proud of our innovators and commend them for their efforts to not only seek new opportunities each and every day but to thrive within them.

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That’s a wrap! We will see you soon, innovators. We miss you already.

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