Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Jennifer Bennett
Partner Type
Individual
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Jennifer Bennett is a Seattle-based studio artist who designs and makes jewelry and sculpture. She runs her own small business and teaches youth at Coyote Central. She holds an MA in Education and has lived and studied in Nepal. She taught 4th/5th grade for Seattle Public Schools before devoting herself to making and teaching art. Jennifer lives in South Seattle and has a studio in the International District. She has served on many boards that support higher education and housing for children in Nepal, and maintains her long-established relationships there. Jennifer has received 3 Art in the Park grants (2015-2018) from the Office of Art and Culture and Seattle Parks to create site-specific sculptures with youth in South Seattle parks. These include a fence installation of over 300 native plant “flowers” made from collected PET bottles in Beer Sheva Park; a sheltered wooden phone-booth in the woods and embossed copper-leaves installation for a “Call Your Ancestors” in Pritchard Beach, and a collection of mini fish traps and a 5-foot salmon made from aluminum cans for “Salmon People Teach Us.” Each project was created in collaboration with South Shore middle school students. These public events have included a performance piece of Native story-telling and drumming. Jennifer was one of the selected artists for the Duwamish Revealed Project and jointly created an 18-foot tall fish trap along the banks river at T-107  Park with students from Pathfinder School. Her desire is to continue working on meaningful, long-term art projects that connect students to US history and have a place in the public domain. She has worked as an artist at the following Seattle Public schools: West Woodlawn, Concord, South Shore K-8, and Pathfinder.

Contact Information

First Name
Jennifer L
Last Name
Bennett
Address
4535 S. Lucile St.
Address 2
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip
98118
Phone
206-459-6995

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th

Artistic Disciplines

Type
Sculpture Site-specific art installation jewelry, wearable art repurposed material, natural material,  
Discipline
Visual Art, Multidisciplinary

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
No
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
Yes
Experience with Students in Special Education
Yes

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
I want to collaborate with you so that we can transform student learning into something extraordinary. Art can have the power of magic-- as it lives on in our visual memory long after it has been created.  Hands-on, in-depth projects can engage students in ways our assessment-based culture cannot begin to measure.  I will conscientiously find meaningful ways to integrate learning outcomes into our project. As a former classroom teacher, I will respect your time, I will come to you for your insight about your students' needs, and I will communicate with you. Together we will set the tone and tenor of the project. The research and planning phase of a project energize me, ultimately driving me to create something meaningful in which all students can take part. I highly value reflection for myself and students, so we will make time to do that along the way. I find projects that involve engaging the general public and/or publishing work that can be seen outside the classroom most compelling. Providing platforms for student voices to be heard and their work honored is important to me.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
WA State History US History Math Literacy Science
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
I have led professional development for teachers, namely the Canoe Curriculum. I am a member of the race and equity committee at Coyote Central; and, I am a mentor teacher there. One of my first teaching jobs was in a developmental pre-school. I later worked in a group home for adults with disabilities. I have experience working with the Native population in the Northwest. I also served as the education chair on the Board for the Ama Foundation for ten years (International NGO servicing Nepal),  and have worked directly with children in Nepal.  As a classroom teacher, I served a diverse population in Seattle Public Schools.
Testimonials from Schools
Marybeth Satterlee, director/founder Coyote Central (206) 817-7276 marybeth@coyotecentral.org David Dockendorf, principal Pathfinder School Seattle (206) 252-9710 ddockendorf@seattleschools.org Andy Darring teacher, Pathfinder School (206) 252-9710 afdarring@seattlepublicschools.org Ami Pendley teacher, Pathfinder School (206) 252-9710 alpendley@seattleschools.org Laura Tyler teacher, South Shore K-8 School (206) 851-6157 lmtyler@seattleschools.org  

Fees

Fees
Minimum hourly rate $50.00

Images

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Student’s embossed copper leaves depicting Native artifacts
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Working with Pathfinder students at T-107 Park in Seattle on Fish Trap
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Students Giving Tour of traps and recycled salmon in Pritchard Beach
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Student jewelry (aged 11)
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Phone Booth in the woods “Call Your Ancestors"

Video

Video Description
I have some video as iMovie but because they are students, these haven’t been publicly posted
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