BRATTLEBORO >> Helping children from Kenya to New York City take hold of their environment and celebrate it is the goal of the This Is Ours enrichment program that will be the topic of the Brattleboro AAUW meeting March 8 at 1 p.m. at the Marlboro Graduate Center.
Ros Winner Sterling will present "This is Ours: Global Awareness Through a Local Lens," highlighting the effect of the educational workshop and book series for children that uses digital photography, storytelling and illustration to encourage students to create a book that explores and records their environment.
To date, books have been created and shared with communities in Kenya, Guyana, New York, Florida and West Virginia.
Sterling is a visual arts educator and artist who is director of operations of e2 education & environment, a non-profit organization with the mission to create opportunities for shared learning experiences across cultures and continents, disciplines and generations. She joined the e2 team to work on This is Ours: Ngare Ndare, Kenya, and has since focused on the growth of the This Is Ours program in both the U.S. and abroad.
As an arts educator at St. Stephen of Hungary School in New York, Sterling worked with her students to create the second volume in the series, This Is Ours: East 82nd Street. She believes in the importance of teaching children to be creative problem solvers and is a regular contributor to school publications as an advocate for the arts in education. She holds an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from the University of Notre Dame. For more than 20 years, she has been a mixed media artist and figurative painter, exhibiting work in the USA, Canada and Europe. She is the daughter of Jack and Gillian Winner of Newfane.
Developed in the field by e2 education & environment and their team of experienced educators, the program's innovative curriculum cultivates interdisciplinary tools, strengthens communication skills and fosters global citizenship through visual literacy. It provides tangible proof to the students and participating community that they can have a voice and that their voice can have a global reach.
The meeting is open to the public.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization that promotes education and equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Information about the local branch, now in its 90th year, is available by calling branch president Vivian Prunier at 802-387-5875 or on Facebook.