The Best Big Ideas: Boyer's Human Commonalities
Famed educator Ernest Boyer's Human Commonalities represent eight things all humans on this earth have in common. No matter what nationality, tribe, culture, or time period we associate with, we can all relate to these eight universal experiences. I have used these big ideas as themes in SchoolArts Magazine and in developing curriculum.
|Spirit House from Thailand|
Sacred Realm Blessings Good Fortune Across Asia, a current exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a wonderful example of taking a big idea and comparing how it is expressed through art in different cultures. To me, this clearly illustrates the Human Commonality of Language (all humans use symbols to express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions).
|Shrine to Dali Lama|
Sacred Realm highlights the Museum's own Asian collection exploring such beliefs as magical protection, blessings, and good fortune. This exhibition is unique in that it is presented thematically.
"The Museum exhibit team worked with a Feng Shui designer to spiritually balance the gallery, incorporating basic principles of color and object placement to aid the gallery's harmony and flow."
|Hamsa hand, magical protection from the envious or evil eye.|
It is such a joy to see a thematic exhibition like this. (And I do believe the Museum has the best exhibit design anywhere.)
You can access information and photos for the exhibition here. I believe you could adapt this for any age level.