Radical Art + Education

March 3, 2015

Categories: Art Education presentations

Last week I was lucky to be able to moderate two panels on Social Justice in Art Education at Art21’s very intriguing conference,  Creative Chemistries Radical Practice for Art + Education. The conversations included artists, teachers, policy people, and community organizers all curious about the intersections between art and education. Check out Art21’s education resources for more information and read this write up on Hyperallergic.


I was delighted to participate in the Museum of Art and Design‘s professional development workshop for NYC teachers working in ALternative Learning Centers.  I started my keynote on “Art and Transformative Education” with a drawing activity and ended with reflections on how art can provide a space for conversations about violence, racism, and inequality that can motivate young people to action.  It was inspiring to hear the passion these committed educators have for their students.


Had so much fun learning from the very talented and creative teaching artists at the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program during a workshop I led on “Social Justice Art Education” on February 25, 2014. This tremendous group works with youth groups all over the city and had fantastic insights on what it means to be working artist-teachers trying to empower–not just direct–young people.

IMG_1688 IMG_1701Back in lively Jaén, Spain for another lecture on Art, Community, Education, and Justice at the Universidad de Jaén.  This time we created zines to explore concepts of critical pedagogy, empowering learners, and collaboration in social justice art education. With a few breaks for café con leche in between, we had provocative conversations about Roma audiences, the role of music in community building, and the possibilities of using visual art even if you’re “not an artist.”