Local Learning Seeks Digital Journal Submissions for Dress to Express: Exploring Culture & Identity
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Local Learning will launch a new K-16
education digital journal in August 2014 on the web site www.locallearningnetwork.org.
The editors invite articles, photos, audio and video clips, classroom
applications, and resources related to our inaugural focus, Dress to Express: Exploring Culture and
Identity. Inspired by The Will to Adorn Project of the Smithsonian Center
for Folklife and Culture Heritage, the theme of personal adornment has rich
potential to engage young people, inspire applications across disciplines, and
generate exciting multimedia contributions.
Our goals for this journal and its
readership include articles, lesson plans, student activities, media clips, and
projects that do the following:
- Tap the deep cultural significance of dress
and adornment as an interdisciplinary lens relevant to K-16 education
- Develop tools for young people to document
and analyze dress and adornment across time and cultural groups and in their
- Offer a framework for educators to engage
with museums and historical societies to use clothing and adornment from local
collections to inspire Dress to Express
Dress to Express encompasses concepts such as personal
identity, shared identity, how we perceive others, and how we present ourselves
to others. Topics might include fashion fads across time; occupational clothing
and equipment; sacred and secular adornment; gender- and age-related dress;
style as a key cultural communicator; science, technology, engineering, and
math in the creation of clothing and accessories; economics of style; the
influence of traditional culture on social dress and popular culture; and
clothing, adornment, and costume in literature, drama, visual art, media arts,
Essential questions that resonate in
educational contexts and classrooms that contributors may use to inspire
curricular connections and their writing include: What do dress and adornment
communicate about both personal identity and our shared identities? Likewise,
how do dress and adornment influence how we perceive others, as well as how
others perceive us?
contact editors Paddy Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Rathje at email@example.com
with ideas for stories, features, lessons, and images or to suggest possible
contributors before May 1, 2014. Initial drafts of submissions are due June 2,
We welcome student work and will pay a small honorarium for work that we
publish. This endeavor is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Articles should be 700-1,500 words. Images should have a dpi of at least 300.
Multimedia submissions are welcome, including short film and audio clips.
Please be in touch with the editors to discuss media ideas and to learn
formatting and technical specifications.