Through the lens of Teaching Artists Gavin Bernard & Paras Chaudhari, Embrace the Mess chronicles the messy, challenging, and rewarding reality of teaching storytelling in Atlanta Title 1 schools.
Gavin Bernard has been a volunteer teaching artist for re:imagine/ATL since 2014, and recently has joined the staff to teach students about podcast production. Outside of his time with students, he is a designer, large-scale installation artist and dancer. British by birth, he has called Atlanta home for 19 years, where he has worked in many different creative industries. He is the co-founder of the interior design firm Grafite, and Wake Up Dear Studio. He has designed and installed the art experience for WonderFarm, created performance works for WonderRoot’s Dance Chance and performed for The Lucky Penny.
Paras Chaudhari has been on staff as Producer for re:imagine/ATL since 2017. With a degree in Information Management & Technology from Syracuse University, he started his career in NYC as a Producer for ad agencies, managing projects for Mastercard Worldwide, Priceless, NYU, and more before translating that experience into media production. His narrative and documentary work has screened in US and international festivals and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NY Daily News, Travel & Leisure, and more. His commercial clients include Barrymore Wines, Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty, ZICO, Midori, Old Navy, and more.
Why Are We Here?
re:imagine/ATL is a ridiculously dope organization and we are so excited about the culture and work we are creating with Atlanta teenagers etc. We documented everything and turned it into ETM, which is a tool for educators to take into their own classrooms.
Why is ETM Important?
Elaborate on why we are here. Speak to target audience here. This is a window into what the kids go through and how to navigate their circumstances in order to best serve them. Our work with the students has been messy, challenging, and rewarding. We’ve had great results and we are going to take you through the process step by step. Hopefully you can use some of our methods in your own classrooms. We also want you to participate in the conversation.
What to Expect in Season 1
Tease story arc. Tease bonus content. Tease who else you’ll be meeting (re:imagine/Staff, other educators, contributing artists)