We may witness DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture all around us as part of a larger shift towards producing rather than consuming: urban homesteaders with chicken coops on their tiny back porches; fan art or mashups that reimagine or pay homage to subcultural icons; Trickster campaigns that utilize grassroots community support to fund art and invention; and the resurgence of arts and crafts culture that celebrates a renaissance of all things handmade. Along with the shift towards a culture of production, comes a shift in mindset:
The critical question at the heart of our 2013 conference is:
How do we see ourselves practicing the DIY maker mindset in our institutions, classrooms, and writing centers? In what ways are we making new and innovative things out of existing space, place, pedagogy, and objects?
Welcome! TYCA-Pacific Northwest is part of the College Section of the National Council of Teachers of English. We remain committed to our original purposes:
As the fastest-growing of the seven regions of the TYCA, we welcome your interest and invite your membership in the organization.
Dodie Forrest and Cheryl Siemers
Chairs, Regional Executive Committee