School of Visual and Performing Arts

2018 SVPA Arts Symposium: Multi-Sensory Literacy and Learning

The University of Toledo School of Visual and Performing Arts presents a dialogue focused on Multi-Sensory Literacy and Learning. Daily, we are bombarded by a cacophony of stimuli signaling each of our senses. Consider the ubiquitous cell phone–there's an app for that! Most often, we involuntarily react to our senses without fully engaging the experience. How can we develop a fuller understanding of our sensory messaging systems, using them to enhance our human experience? What strategies and educational approaches can be used to heighten our sensory awareness, improve our sensory literacy, and enhance our learning? 


Featured Speaker
Dr. Sara Diamond, President and CEO
OCAD University
Dr. Sara Diamond


Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University, Canada’s, “University of the Imagination." She holds a PhD. in Computing, Information Technology, and Engineering, a Master's in Digital Media, and an Honors Bachelor of Arts in History and Communications. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists. She is the winner of the 2013 GRAND NCE Digital Media Pioneer Award. Diamond is recognized as one of Toronto Life’s Top Fifty and she is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. She was recently honored as one of Canada’s 150 leading women. Since her appointment in 2005, she has led OCAD University’s evolution to a full university, helping to build its trans-disciplinary and research-creation research capacity and infrastructure; integrate STEM subjects; create its Digital Futures Initiative; launch the Indigenous Visual Culture Program; strengthen its approach to inclusion; and grow its undergraduate and graduate programs in studio art and design. Diamond is a researcher in media arts history and policy, visual analytics; and has created wearable technologies, mobile experiences, and media art. Diamond was honored with a 1992 retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada, represented Canada in festivals and biennials, and her artworks reside in collections such as the MoMA in New York City, the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Highlighted  Speaker
Lance Gharavi, Artistic Director of Theatre
Associate professor of Drama
Arizona State University
Lance Gharavi



Lance Gharavi is an experimental artist, scholar, and a
n early pioneer in the field of digital performance, Gharavi specializes in collaborating with trans-disciplinary teams of artists, scientists, designers, and engineers to create original and innovative works of media-rich, live performance. Recent projects have involved research robots, architectural projection, social media, 3D projections, seismic tomography, and planetarium systems. Gharavi’s scholarship on religion, technology, and performance has been published around the world and in several languages. He is the author of Western Esotericism in Russian Silver Age Drama (New Grail, 2008), editor of the anthology Religion, Theatre, and Performance: Acts of Faith (Routledge, 2012), and the translator for a special 100-year anniversary edition of Aleksandr Blok’s symbolist masterpiece, Roza i Krest (Tsentr Knigi Rudomino, 2013). He collaborated with EarthScope—the largest solid Earth science project ever funded by the National Science Foundation—to write a children’s book about earthquakes. Current projects include an ongoing initiative in robotics and performance, a performance about the physics of the Earth’s deep interior, and a game-based investigation into the sociology of human space exploration.

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The session topics include: 
Ways of seeing, Ways of knowing, Ways of learning - Visual Literacy
Games and Gaming for Learning

Arts and Disability
Multi-modal Approaches for Language Literacy 
Collaborative Curriculum in Art, Music, and Physical Education  
Multi-Sensory/Multi-Modal Learning in Community Programs
The 2018 SVPA Arts Symposium: Multi-Sensory Literacy and Learning will be held in the UT Lancelot Thompson Student Union, Room 2592. Parking is free in Areas 10, 5, 1S and the East Parking Garage. This is a free event and all are welcome.

A salad-bar lunch will be available for $12.00 with vegetarian and omnivore selections. Additional eateries are available in the Student Union. Pre-order your lunch when you register. Register today!

February 19, 2018

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Reception 5:30 - 7:00 PM
University of Toledo
Main Campus, Lancelot Thompson Student Union, Room 2592



The 2018 SVPA Arts Symposium is presented by the
University of Toledo's School of Visual and Peforming Arts
and with the generous support of the Toledo Museum of Art.

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Last Updated: 2/18/18