SPARC fellow and Art Dept Visiting Artist Michaela Leslie-Rule will present a public talk and workshop on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, 2016. Public lecture, "How do you tell when the watermelon is ripe," 12-1pm February 25th, Seminar Room, Baskin Visual Arts, UCSC, workshop to plan a project about the Beach Flats Community Garden February 26th, 12-2 pm, Seminar Room, Baskin Visual Arts.
Michaela Leslie-Rule designs research and cultural documentation projects that use storytelling, photography and videography to elevate marginalized voices and stories. Over the past decade she has used her ethnographic media-based approach to examine issues of racial and cultural equity, public health, women and girls’ economic advancement and empowerment and masculinity.
In Michaela’s current work she is exploring the “spiritual technologies” of food, cooking and music, among black Americans in rural southern communities. In her talk “How do you tell when the watermelon is ripe,” Michaela will share her current thinking about her story-centered approach, examples of past and current projects and her proposed collaboration with Beach Flats Community Garden elders and students at UC Santa Cruz.
On the following day Michaela will workshop her approach with students, in preparation for a spring-term cross generational storytelling project with elders in the Beach Flats Community Garden.