Fall 2017 Intersession

Baking and Breaking Bread (Patrick): At the end of this week I would like my students to come away with an understanding of how bread is made, the evolution and regional characteristics of baking, and changes in ingredients. We will look at the baking process, visiting and interviewing bakers- we will want to know about becoming a baker, the styles of baking, ingredients bakers work with, various types of breads, etc. In addition to this, I am hoping to visit a farm, a seed bank, and maybe a tortilla factory. Of course, best of all, we will be tasting some seriously delicious bread!

Mt. Lemmon Stories (JoAnn): Standing at over 9000 feet, Mt. Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountain Range is a close, cool haven for Tucson residents.  Currently, less than 50 people live year round in Summerhaven, the little town at the top of the mountain.  For this Intersession we will be interviewing long time residents of Mt. Lemmon to learn their personal stories, how they came to live on the mountain, what is it like to live in such a small, remote community and how they escaped the dreaded Aspen Fire of 2003.  We will learn how to conduct an effective interview, audio-video technology and then spend two days in the mountain (sleeping in a cabin), conducting the interviews and finally we will work to edit the materials we gathered so we can present the final products to the Summerhaven community as a present!

Nature and Art Heal the Heart (Seth): We live in a society that makes it very easy to be reactionary. We react to the news we read, the shows we watch, the ideas our friends and acquaintances put forth. We so often base our own feelings and thoughts off of our reactions to others’, it sometimes gets hard not to lose ourselves. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to know if we know ourselves in the first place. Rarely do we take the time to process what we’ve reacted to.  In this Intersession, we are going to explore the most integral of muses and partake in the purest form of processing by immersing ourselves in the nature of our local Sonoran surroundings and turning our thoughts into art-the most personal of expressions. Come walk the hills and paint your minds with me.

Original Tucsonans (Joe): The Tohono O’odham people are among the longest inhabitants of the place we call home. For thousands of years they have thrived in  a desert that some fear to even spend a few days crossing. How can we respectfully approach them with our questions? What is this culture like today, in 21st century Arizona? What is the physical environment like? This Intersession is for those who would like learn about the native people of Tucson.  We will visit the Arizona State Museum, the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center in Sells, a restaurant in Tucson that specializes in O’odham food, and sleep one night at the foot of Baboquivari Peak, a physical and traditional center of the O’odham nation.

Running in Place (Misa): Tumamoc Hill is an integral place in the history of the Tucson valley. Only days ago, the hill was opened in ways it has never been opened before and provides a walking audio history for all to listen. It’s story extends to the prehistoric structures that can still be seen today. It is the oldest scientific biological research site in the United States. We will navigate, walk and run this hill every day. We will meet researchers, Tucsonans, and critters who inhabit this unique place. We will snack, and lunch on the hill while enjoying the amazing panoramic views of Tucson and learning the history of our majestic landscapes.

Then and Now through Re-Photography (Debbie): Take a moment to picture a specific spot in Tucson, perhaps a corner you round each day or a place you like to spend time. Now…if you’ve ever wondered what that block, that certain corner, or that familiar place in Tucson looked liked 30, 50, or 100 years ago then this Intersession is for you. Re-photography (also called Repeat Photography) is the process of taking a repeat photo of the same site with the only difference between the two being the passage of time. We will carefully study historical photos of Tucson and surrounding areas to choose a select few and  then set out to take near-identical photos that show what has changed and what has stayed the same.  We will study time of day, vantage point, and composition of the original photo in order to create a repeat image. We will also explore digital technologies that assist in matching elements of the old with the new.