D300 students travel into world of art and design — by video streaming
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media September 20, 2013 5:30PM
Dundee-Crown High School students watch the live feed of the Cusp Conference about art and design Thursday in the school's auditorium. | Erin Sauder ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 24, 2013 6:12AM
CARPENTERSVILLE — Inspired. Motivated. Amazed.
These are just some of the words Dundee-Crown High School students used to describe their experience during the two-day live streaming recently of the Cusp Conference, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
According to the Museum of Contemporary Art: “The Cusp Conference is about the design of everything. It’s about getting people out of the world they know and immersing them in a flood of ideas that ultimately help break down barriers and connect unknown dots. And it’s about finding ideas and relevance in unexpected places.”
Students from Jacobs, Hampshire and Dundee–Crown high schools were able to participate in the multimedia presentation Wednesday and Thursday, which included key presenters from all over the world.
Senior Brielle Gracia said she enjoyed learning through the conference the different ways people use art in everyday life.
“It’s interesting how you can think of a new idea from something everyone’s used and make it new and improved,” she said.
In the future, she’d love to open her own art store. After high school, she plans to double major in art education and business.
She credits the art teachers at Dundee-Crown for helping her realize her own artistic abilities.
“They’re phenomenal,” she said. “They inspire you so much.”
For senior Rachel Chapman, art is a family affair. Her dad is an art teacher in St. Charles, and her mom is a hair stylist. Chapman’s own head of hair is a canvas of sorts, with locks dyed different shades of the rainbow.
She described the Cusp Conference as “inspiring.”
“I couldn’t help but whip out my notebook and start doodling,” she said. “(The presenters) had so much to say about all the different forms of art. And art can be anything. I need to create something now after I leave. It’s exciting to see all these different kinds of people creating their own art.”
Student Kelsey Solberg said she wanted to attend the Cusp Conference presentation because “art is my one true passion and has been my whole life.”
“I love seeing other people create stuff so that I can use it as an inspiration to build myself up as an art student and person in life,” she said. “So it’s just overall an inspiration to come here and learn about other people’s lives as artists.”
The two-day presentation was brought to the high schools by the District 300 Foundation for Excellence.
Dundee-Crown art teacher Kim Fuller lauds Diane Magerko, chairman of the performing and fine arts committee on the District 300 Foundation, for giving the students this opportunity.
“She had the idea for this, and we just sort of helped things along,” Fuller said. “She wrote most of the grant for this. She’s amazing.”
Fuller said the purpose of the presentations is to help spur creativity.
“I hope it gets students to think outside the box and that their ideas can change the world,” she said. “They can be on the cusp of things. I think it’s good for them to see people that are on the verge of new things and get influenced by them. Even if they remember one thing about the presentations, maybe it will change their perspective on how they see something or inspire an idea of some sort.”