AMC Rewards Imagination With New Functionality
For the first time, at least in “modern” history, students can pursue any and all of Milton’s visual arts programs in one building, the Art and Media Center. This summer, changes that will not strike some as dramatic, have nevertheless prepared all three levels of the AMC for unparalleled opportunities and collaborations in the arts. Ian Torney, visual arts chair, used the relocation of sculpture, ceramics and woodworking from Robert Saltonstall as a chance to rethink how spaces are outfitted and aligned, not only for today’s world of arts, but anticipating how the field will develop over time.
The two studios on the AMC’s south side are now all dedicated to 3-D art, including sculpture and ceramics. The two north-facing studios will serve drawing, painting and printmaking. All four main level studios are flexible enough to support any studio art foundations course. A new machine tool shop located in the center now connects both banks of studios, making projects of all kinds possible as contemporary art-making blurs the lines between two- and three-dimensional arts. The building’s loading dock now has electrical power to accommodate outdoor welding, and electrical outlets hang from the ceilings in various locations throughout all the studios. New Smartboards in all four main level studios support teaching.
On the AMC’s top floor, the former Weld Library has become a technology and design studio; Bryan Cheney (Visual Arts) and Brad Moriarity (Science) teach their new collaborative course in this studio, Creating Form and Space: Architecture and Engineering. A digital imaging MAC lab is located on the west side of the top level, along with a lighting studio for photography. The east side of that level features a MAC moving image lab and viewing studio.
A Listener In Morocco, Shaheen Bharwani (I) Is A Storyteller At Home
Walking the bustling, friendly streets of Rabat is a happy memory for Shaheen Bharwani (I), who plunged into the Arabic language and customs of Morocco this summer.
“Interacting with strangers in Morocco was easy,” says Shaheen. “They treated me like a friend and made me feel so welcome. The man at the end of my street invited me to tea one day while I was on my way to school. So we sat together before I headed off.”
Shaheen earned his six weeks in Morocco as a result of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program funded by the U.S. State Department. The program looks to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need foreign languages, like Chinese and Arabic. Shaheen was selected and awarded a scholarship to travel with 15 other students, who lived with host families in Rabat. He spent five days a week in the classroom studying Arabic, including lessons in the local Moroccan dialect and Arabic calligraphy. During free time, students toured famed locations of the region: the Sahara Desert, Ibn Battuta’s tomb in Tangier, the market square of Marrakech, the palaces of Meknes, and the winding souks of Fez.
Shaheen grew up speaking both English and Urdu, and has studied Spanish, German and French. This was his first time studying Arabic, although he was familiar with the language.