Marit Dewhurst

Educator and Program Coordinator

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ABOUT ME

As the daughter of two folklorists, I have witnessed the unique capacity of the arts to transform communities since I was a small girl, skipping through museums around the world.  As a teenager, sitting through interviews with Native American quilters, and Hmong story cloth weavers, I heard countless stories of the unifying and inspiring qualities of community-based art.

In college and beyond, I tested those beliefs through in-depth studies of and participation in community arts, youth development, and social justice education. I have worked in museums, community centers, juvenile detention centers, rural villages in Sub-Saharan Africa, and major urban centers in the United States.

Across these wildly different settings, I have continued to see the ways in which participation in arts and cultural activities can strengthen communities, mobilize activism, and empower people to act as agents of social change.  Despite the oft-cited power of this work, we still struggle to name what happens when people apply creative solutions to social inequality or injustice.  And despite the many people who see value in this work, the obstacles to fully engaging the intersection of art, education, and social justice are plentiful. All this to say that there is work to be done.

PROFESSIONAL BIO

Marit Dewhurst is the Director of Art Education and Assistant Professor in art and museum education at City College of New York (CUNY) where she also directs City Art Lab, a community art education program. She has worked as an educator and program coordinator in multiple educational settings including The Museum of Modern Art in New York where she created In the Making, a free studio arts program for teens.

Her work on the role of art in social justice education, culturally relevant pedagogy, and community development, has been published in several books and journals such as Equity & Excellence in Education, The Harvard Educational Review, The Journal of Art Education, and International Journal of Education Through Art. In addition, she has co-curated an exhibition on traditional art and HIV/AIDS education and a youth photography exhibition highlighting her work in Northern Ghana. She is currently the principal investigator and coordinator of the Museum Teen Summit, a youth-led research and advocacy program for museum teen programs in New York City.

Her book, Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy was recently published by Harvard Education Press.

RESUME

More about my past
  • EDUCATION

  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
    2009

    Ed. D., Communities, Culture, and Education, June 2009 Advisors: M. Pollock, S. Lawrence-Lightfoot, D. Desai Thesis: “A Pedagogy of Activist Art: Exploring the educational significance of creating art for social justice”

  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
    2003

    Ed.M. in Arts in Education, June 2003

  • University of Michigan, Residential College, Ann Arbor, MI
    2002

    B.A. with Honors in Community Empowerment Through the Arts

  • University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
    2000

    Coursework in Zulu Language and South African Culture and Diversit

  • professional experience

  • City College of New York, New York, NY
    2010 - present

    Assistant Professor of Art and Museum Education & Director of Art Educationum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Inventore adipisci excepturi dolorum.

  • Michigan State University, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa
    2013

    Study Abroad Faculty

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Education Department, New York, NY
    2004 - 2010

    Associate Educator, Teen Programs / Program Coordinator, Teen Programs

  • Photo Exchangers, Cambridge, MA; Tamale, Ghana
    2004 - present

    Co-founder & Educator

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Radical Art + Education

Radical Art + Education

Last week I was lucky to be able to moderate two panels on Social
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maritd | March, 2015 | 0 comment
The Social Responsibility of Arts Educators

The Social Responsibility of Arts Educators

I had the pleasure of joining some very smart arts educators from Harvard’s Arts
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maritd | February, 2015 | 0 comment
Teaching Art Today: #BlackLivesMatter Teach In

Teaching Art Today: #BlackLivesMatter Teach In

On December 8, 2014, CCNY’s Art Education Program held a collaborative brainstorming session to
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maritd | January, 2015 | 0 comment
Gift books: Joan Mitchell Foundation rocks

Gift books: Joan Mitchell Foundation rocks

The wonderful arts educators in the Art Education program at the Joan Mitchell Foundation
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maritd | December, 2014 | 0 comment
Teaching at Universidad de Jaén

Teaching at Universidad de Jaén

I was thrilled to return to the Universidad de Jaén in Andulucía, Spain for a
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maritd | November, 2014 | 0 comment
Publication: Social Justice Art is here!

Publication: Social Justice Art is here!

Hot off the presses, Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy. Stay tuned for
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maritd | November, 2014 | 0 comment
Pre-orders available! Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy

Pre-orders available! Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy

Just received word that my upcoming book is now available for pre-ordering via the
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maritd | August, 2014 | 0 comment
Art & Transformative Education @ Museum of Art & Design

Art & Transformative Education @ Museum of Art & Design

I was delighted to participate in the Museum of Art and Design‘s professional development workshop
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maritd | June, 2014 | 0 comment
Social Justice Art Education @ Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Social Justice Art Education @ Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Had so much fun learning from the very talented and creative teaching artists at
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maritd | February, 2014 | 0 comment

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