Ari Hauben

McKinley South End Academy, Boston MA

Explore London's street art, contemporary art, and theatre communities to develop in-depth units about playwrights and artists that prepare students to create four large, school murals in collaboration with Boston Public School’s pilot Fab Lab.

Where I've Been

  • London, England

My Fellowship in Images

Hamlet at The Globe Theatre, a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare.
The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a black comedy by Martin McDonagh
Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18
Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18
TATE MODERN International modern and contemporary art

Your Personal and Professional Growth

How have your knowledge, skills and capabilities grown?

This trip has expanded my view of education and the possibilities of where it can be taken with the right parteners and focus. My skills and expectation of the quality of work I hope to produce this year with my students have both grown this summer. By applying new styles and aesthetics seen and practiced in London and using knowledge gained through thoughtful conversation with other educational and art professionals I think my new expectations can become a reality!

As a result, in what ways will your instructional practice change?

My instructional practice will change by taking my teaching outside of the school walls and literally onto the school walls. As I partner with the English teachers I travelled and studied with on this FFT grant we will combine our experiences from this summer into mural project that reflects a combination of the things we, saw and the people we met.

What is the greatest personal accomplishment of your fellowship?

The greatest personal accomplishment of this fellowship for me was the re-connection made to my practice, what inspires me as a person and a teacher and deeper bond with my brothers in education, all combining to motivate me to be a better teacher!

Impact on Your Classroom, School and Community

How will your experiences positively impact student learning in new ways?

As I mentioned above the new mural project we will implement will provide a whole new experience for our students and allow them to bring there work to a public stage and bring them out into the community in a positive way!

What are your plans for working collaboratively with colleagues?

As mentioned, I did this grant with two fellow teachers, with the specific idea of collaborating on the creation a series of murals for our school and community. In addition we'll be participating in taking students to a series of plays at the Huntington theater and a creative writing/contemporary art program at the Institute of Contemporary art!

Imagining the Future

How do you envision celebrating of your students’ new learning?

By bringing the students work out into the streets of our school's neighborhood we look forward to having the community celebrate our students work! Our school is often depicted as troubled and gets the wrong kind of press, so put a positive spin our students and allow them to feel accepted and comfortable in the community the learn in can be huge for self esteem and their ability to feel accepted and confident in society.

Are there issues or challenges in your school, community or the greater world about which you and your students might try to make a difference?

We're still working out the details, but it looks like our murals will represent a wide and diverse series of people and ideas that reflect positivity in society. Woman's rights, diversity, creativity, peace will all be topics that are touched on.

How would you describe to a friend or a grant funder the most fundamental ways in which your fellowship has changed your personal and/or professional perspective?

Fundamentally this fellowship has influenced my inspiration, creativity, motivation, expectations and collaboration all for the better!