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Local Learning Seeks Digital Journal Submissions for Dress to Express: Exploring Culture & Identity

Wednesday, March 26, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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Local Learning will launch a new K-16 education digital journal in August 2014 on the web site 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 own communities
  • 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 projects

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, and dance.

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?

Please contact editors Paddy Bowman at or Lisa Rathje at 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, 2014.

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.

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