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.

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!).


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.

New Article: Mapping Community Arts

October 8, 2012

Categories: publications Uncategorized

 New article alert: I have a visual essay in the International Journal of Education through Art’s special issue on Community Art.  Responding to their call for visual essays, I created a series of maps that respond to some of the key questions surrounding community arts including, Why we do it? Who we consider the artist? What kinds of learning and teaching it fosters?

Dewhurst, M. (2012) Where Are We? Mapping the field of community arts. International Journal of Education Through Art. 8(3). [Note: Visual Essay]

Updated Website

August 21, 2012

Categories: publications

Finally, a new website.  I’ll be updating with my latest projects, articles, presentations, and classes here (and back-dating a bit to get the full picture).  Enjoy.

Writing in the Garden

August 1, 2012

Categories: Art Education publications

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.

Siyazama Book Launch

April 14, 2012

Categories: exhibitions publications South Africa

Almost ten years ago I stumbled over my broken Zulu through a series of interviews with an incredible group of artists from the Siyazama Project–a craft/economic development project focusing on HIV/AIDS education with women in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. After many years of dreaming about it, the book that Kate Wells, Marsha MacDowell, Kurt Dewhurst, and I worked so hard on is finally here.

For more information, check out the press releases and reviews.

University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Publisher’s Blog and book launch report
Michigan State University Press Release
Traveling Exhibit Information
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