"Shelter and Place"

CYAN Arts and Communications Program


December 15, 2021

Nominations are now open for the Merced CYAN 2022 "Shelter in Place" Project, an MCOE + UC Merced collaboration funded by the California Humanities.

The "Shelter in Place" Project involves learning the procedures and ethics of interviewing, choosing an interview subject from your community and performing an interview to determine their story of how they've dealt with isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Interviews will be archived with the virtual Gateway to Merced project, while the interviewers then work to turn their unearthed stories into visual and performing arts pieces for performance/exhibition.

The Merced CYAN 2022 "Shelter in Place" Project will last from January-December 2022, composed of 13 required in-person meetings and 5 required virtual meetings across the year. Each participant will be paid a stipend of $500 for the duration of this project.

For Merced CYAN 2022, we are opening nominations to ten (10) high school juniors/seniors and ten (10) single-subject teachers in the Humanities (history, ELA, social studies, etc.) who are interested in participating. Students must be nominated by a teacher or administrator; teachers may nominate themselves, or by nominated by an administrator in their site or district.

To nominate a student, a teacher or yourself, please fill out the following nomination form. You will be contacted after January 14th to schedule a brief Zoom interview on Saturday, January 29th.