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Rebecca Cutter

Community Learning and Outreach Coordinator, Arts Program Coordinator
607-882-9220 ext. 207

BFA in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute, MA in Sustainable Development from The School For International Training

With over 18 years experience in community organizing, permaculture and popular education Rebecca enjoys working with New Roots students, staff and parents to foster community based learning opportunities in our community. programs with has found her niche in Community Learning and Outreach at New Roots Charter School. In 1996, fresh out of college, Rebecca traveled to Guatemala to learn about sustainable building techniques. She was introduced to the Permaculture and Popular Education movements. In Guatemala, her work involved strengthening women's leadership within community based organizations, the promotion of appropriate technologies like solar ovens nad ferro cement rain water catchment tanks. In 2000, Rebecca co-founded the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute 


Classes Teaching


Through drawing exercises and assignments students learn the basics of drawing and two-dimensional design; including shading, composition and perspective. Assignments will encourage students to develop observational skills with occasional opportunities for independent drawing projects. Students are encouraged to acquire and use a sketch book daily.   



The sculpture class challenges students to resolve design problems and create original three dimensional works of art using paper, clay, wire, as well as found objects and up-cycled materials.  Assignments will include building mobiles, decoupage (collaged objects), sewing projects, wire figurines and clay sculptures. Students will study well known modern and contemporary sculptors through videos and visits to galleries in downtown Ithaca and the Johnson Museum at Cornell. 


Internships and Service Learning

Students engage in career exploration and service learning through internships and volunteer opportunities with organizations and businesses in and around downtown Ithaca. Students will develop their resume, learn how to write cover letters and develop interviewing skills. Some students will use this as an opportunity to do research for their senior capstone projects.