Press & Testimonials
"Peopleologie is amazing. My students experienced a multimedia art integration lesson about Native people in California. A beautiful slide show taught important cultural lessons while real artifacts were passed around for children to experience. Then my students made woven tule boats to get a sense of how local native people used resources around them to survive. My kids loved the class. I appreciated the respectful tone. There is a wide range of classes- I recommend Peopleologie for rich cultural experiences that go far beyond token-istic craft projects."
Ana Raquel Thomas, Peralta Elementary
"Linda's programs are well-researched, and often unique in theme, and she is super adept in working with a wide range of ages. Her copious professional experience always comes shining through."
Catherine Starr, Librarian
"Thank you so much for coming and inspiring me to make more art. I get interested in doing different things when I see something that inspires me. When you come, it is beyond inspiring to me."
3rd grade student
"It was truly one of the best programs I have seen in the library! You are very engaging and open. That is truly a gift."
Ila Langner, Librarian ll
"Thank you for your continuous commitment to the highest quality multicultural programming at San Francisco Public Library. Our library staff love hosting Linda because they know she is professional, responsive, and always includes an educational context for the activities she has planned for youth, their families, and adults."
Cristina Mitra, Family Engagement Coordinator
"Seeing the faces of families engaged with their particular art piece or craft project reflects the joy and satisfaction you bring to them as they discover their ability to create something. They imagine in their minds and engage their hands to bring material together to become more than colors, pieces of material, or lumps of clay."
Greg Marutani, San Francisco Japanese Citizens League
"I can still recall just how fascinated my older son was once he saw the beautiful piece of fabric he had created. For the longest time the fabric the boys made was displayed as a showpiece in their bedroom and practically all visitors to the house had to be educated on the dyeing process by them."
"The offerings are really wonderful for building bridges between cultures and helping families from our communities understand and gain acceptance of these different ways of life. The engaging activities help cement the concepts through shared action. I think the programs Peopleologie provides are fabulous, and Linda is such a pleasure to work with."
Kathleen Beasley, Library Banch Manager
"I love what you are doing with spreading culture and giving hands on experience. It is something I think people need more of in this age of technology. Especially for children needing introduction to skills, techniques, and materials -- this is fabulous."
Adult event participant
"Recently one of my student’s parents funded a Peopleologie workshop in my classroom. My students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop “Japan – Silkworms, Color & Dye.” Their attention and concentration was so focused during the slide show and artifact sharing part as this perfectly supplemented our own grade level Science and Social Studies units. It felt like we were touring the countryside of Japan, from rice fields to silk farms, indigo fields, weaving studios, and more. The kids were so excited to see it all up close – the silkworms, silk, and to try on kimonos, too. Then, to see their faces while untying their tie-dyed shibori creations - everyone felt so successful and proud. We should do this every day!"
Nicole L., 1st grade teacher
"The second day you came WAS AWESOME! I was very inspired by the people you showed us and their way of making things they use in a very smart and thoughtful way. I would never (have) thought of getting art materials from the dump or using leftovers in my house. I felt like I could do anything I liked. Your visit really encouraged me to do more independent folk crafts. It made me feel happy."
Fifth grade student
"The success-oriented nature of your workshops and the self-confidence boost resulting from each experience has the highest impact on my group. The workshops are especially effective in enhancing and deepening learning of the required social studies and science topics that I teach. However, in reality, the presentations reach across all curriculum areas."
7th grade teacher
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