Changing the Face of Rural New Mexico with Theater, Education, and Technology

By:
Prof. Ann M. Elder,
Dr. Manuel Bustamante
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This case study bridges education, technology, and theater under the multicultural education theoretical framework. We will take a look at how the merging of these three ideology enhances the person from a holistic point of view.

“Within New Mexico, and the educational system at large, there has been a growing emphasis on multiculturalism and tolerance. Yet often times the goal has been to expose students to cultures, ideas, and histories that are identified and labeled as outside their own experiences. A student may have a growing awareness of the extended universe around him but very little if any knowledge of his or her own immediate world.” (Canciones de Aztlan: Tejano Music and the Sounds of the Chicano Southwest by David Salmon Ornelas Jr.)

We will examine practical applications of using theater arts to build community hope in a bilingual environment where subtle “institutionalized racism” exists. We will provide strategies for using many forms of technology to demonstrate love and respect of culture.


Keywords: Theater, Education, Technology, Multicultural
Stream: Art in Communities, Arts Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Ann M. Elder

Professor, Western New Mexico University
Silver City, New Mexico, USA


Dr. Manuel Bustamante

Professor, Western New Mexico University
Silver City, New Mexico, USA


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