The Dada Divas team is deeply committed to arts education and offers educators a wide array of opportunities for integrating this project into classrooms and curricula across disciplines. Be it a college-level art history course or a middle school social studies class, Dada Divas provides rich points of entry for students of various ages and educational levels. Educator guides, project-based lesson plans, curricular tie-ins, supplemental reading suggestions, and even a full-semester syllabus are available upon request.
In addition, the Dada Divas team has developed a highly flexible workshop structure in which high school or college students build their own modular, non-linear musical/theatrical performance based on the work of female Dadaists. Guided by the artists of the Dada Divas team in collaboration with instructors from their own institution, students can research and devise their own tribute to the forgotten mamas of Dada.
For example, in 2015-2016 Jacqueline Bobak taught a year-long course at the California Institute of the Arts modeled on research and performance from Dada Divas. Students explored early 20th-century artistic movements and studied the creative works and lives of female artists who were among the originators of the Dada movement. The course culminated in an entirely student-generated performance—titled Rubbish—that celebrated 100 years of Dada and illuminated the brilliant and bizarre women of Dada through a modern lens.
Almost all aspects of Rubbish were based on these women’s works, lives, and ideas, as well as on events that took place at the birthplace of Dada, the Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich. One of Dada’s major contributions to the modern art world, and a method utilized by the original Dada Divas, was creating art out of found objects or discards. Such “rubbish” was prevalent throughout this deliberately low-budget, do-it-yourself production, similar to what the artists at the Cabaret Voltaire created night after night. The venue itself was a sort of "found" space, a well-worn lounge in a campus dorm. Costumes were assembled out of scraps from the CalArts costume shop, items from Goodwill, duct tape, and “surprise bags” of left-overs and unsold merchandise at local craft stores, all put together with the liberal use of a glue gun and tape. The set was constructed primarily from items found in a municipal dump, assembled to create a living room. Costumes, make-up, music, and staging nodded to Dada's historical era while adding a modern flair. The photos below document some of this truly collaborative effort that created new art from intensive study of the past.