SUU’s Annual Evening for Educators Gets Festive with
“Day Of The (Walking) Dead:” Zombie Walks,
Day of the Dead Processionals, and a Hands-On Art Workshop
Photo credit: A Nike decorated for Day-of-the-Dead celebration. Courtesy of Southern Utah University
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: What better way to kick off the Halloween season than witha hands-on art workshop and a discussion of zombies and the Mexican Day of the Dead? SUU’s very own Dr. Kyle Bishop is a bona-fide zombie expert. Bishop’s Ph.D. dissertation for the University of Arizona evolved into the book American Zombie Gothic (McFarland and Company, 2010), which studies our culture’s fascination with zombie cinema. Following Dr. Bishop’s presentation, participants will gather to decorate shoes in honor of the Day of the Dead and a related cultural phenomenon: the “zombie walk.” Day of the (Walking) Dead will take place at SUU’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery from 6:00–9:00pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
The "walking dead" in popular culture have transformed from monster to icon, appearing on city streets for "zombie walks." Dr. Bishop will discuss how Day of the Dead processionals compare to zombie walks, and how zombies have been unexpectedly transformed into more than simple, mindless monsters in the 21st century. Bishop’s expertise is sure to inspire participants with ideas for the shoe-decorating workshop which follows. Themes such as zombies, Day of the Dead, and general Halloween images are encouraged.
SUU students in attendance may choose to decorate their shoes in preparation for the zombie-themed October 25th campus event, "The Scream." Participants are encouraged to bring their own shoes to decorate, markers will be provided. White canvas shoes are recommended for the workshop. Please note that artwork added to shoes will be permanent. Light refreshments will be served, and license-renewal credit for teachers is available through the Utah State Office of Education. This event is supported in partnership with SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts, the Springville Museum of Art, and the StateWide Art Partnership.
SUU’s Evening for Educators is a professional development program that presents the public and K-through-12 teachers with opportunities to look, learn, create, and connect with colleagues.This event promises to be a great time, and it provides an opportunity for educators to earn licensure credit, connect with each other, and get a new perspective on a prevalent idea in popular culture. www.suu.edu/arts.