Marit Dewhurst

New Chapter: Narrowing in on the Answers: Dissecting social justice art education

October 2, 2013 by maritd | Comments Off on New Chapter: Narrowing in on the Answers: Dissecting social justice art education

IMG_1076I just received my copy of Culturally Relevant Art Education: A way out of no waywhich includes a chapter I wrote on how we name social justice art education. In “Narrowing in on the Answers: Dissecting social justice art education” I look back at the literature on activist art and how it aligns with the scholarship on social justice education.  This great compilation includes articles by bell hooks and Dipti Desai about teaching art from a justice standpoint.

City Art Lab Opening

May 27, 2013 by maritd | Comments Off on City Art Lab Opening

IMG_1086 IMG_1089Another successful semester of City Art Lab comes to a close with a jam-packed art exhibition of youth artwork.  Hosted at Gallery M, the opening attracted close to 150 youth artists, friends, family, and curious passersby. For more information about the projects the graduate students facilitated, check out their regular blog pots on the City Art Lab website.

Ka ulana ‘ana i ka piko (In Weaving You Begin at the Center):Perspectives from a Culturally Specific Approach to Art Education

April 15, 2013 by maritd | Comments Off on Ka ulana ‘ana i ka piko (In Weaving You Begin at the Center):Perspectives from a Culturally Specific Approach to Art Education

sp13cover_245 IMG_4247This collaboratively authored article highlights the unique kinds of learning that emerge from a culturally relevant art practice.  I had the great honor of working with several Hawaiian scholars to co-author this piece which was published in the Harvard Educational Review in their recent special issue on Art Education.  This piece is particularly meaningful to me since it gave me a chance to acknowledge how much I have learned from my kumu as I’ve practiced weaving lauhala papale myself (note the image of my first papale here!).

 

New Article: Walking the Talk of Art & Social Justice Education

January 8, 2013 by maritd | Comments Off on New Article: Walking the Talk of Art & Social Justice Education

studiesarted I had the pleasure of writing a review of Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons by Therese Quinn, John Ploof, and Lisa Hochtritt for Studies in Art Education in a short piece titled “Walking the Talk of Art and Social Justice Education.”  This fantastic book offers profiels on artists, reflections on teaching art, and narratives about student projects.  It’s definitely a keeper.  They also have a facebook page and an online resource for extended conversations about art and social justice education.

Fall Semester Classes

September 21, 2012 by maritd | Comments Off on Fall Semester Classes

These might just be my two favorite classes, two variations on the theme of Community, Identity, and Culture in Art Education: one graduate version and one undergraduate version.  A little multicultural education, lots of discussions about how race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and all our other identities impact power and privilege in education, some culturally-relevant art-making, a dash of how not to essentialize cultures when teaching about their art, and a ton of thinking about what it means to teach art in a way that empowers young people to be active agents of equality and justice in our world.  It doens’t get any better.

Writing in the Garden

August 1, 2012 by maritd | Comments Off on Writing in the Garden

A month of non-stop writing: one collaborative essay with a group of Hawaiian Lauhala weavers on the pedagogy of learning to weave and one cross-generational and collaborative essay (with Marsha MacDowell–my mother and Ingrid Romero–a former student of mine) on the evolution of community arts.

City Art Lab Exhibition

May 12, 2012 by maritd | Comments Off on City Art Lab Exhibition

The final exhibition of teen artwork from this spring’s City Art Lab drew crowds of over 150 family, friends, educators, and fans to Azucarar Gallery in Harlem to celebrate the work of a talented group of young artists. The exhibition was curated and installed by the graduate students in City College’s Art Education program.  Not a bad way to finish up the semester.