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.
The wonderful arts educators in the Art Education program at the Joan Mitchell Foundation gave out copies of Social Justice Art to all of their teaching artists for their holiday gift. Thanks guys!
I was thrilled to return to the Universidad de Jaén in Andulucía, Spain for a wonderful session about Social Justice Art Education. The graduate students in art, music, theater, and dance education asked provocative questions and entertained my broken Spanish with grace and humor.
Hot off the presses, Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy. Stay tuned for book events.
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.
A quick snapshot before the doors opened to an invited lecture I gave on “Art and the Practice of Freedom” at Fontys University–a university with a strong art education program–in Tilburg, Netherlands on December 14th. In honor of Nelson Mandela’s recent passing, I focused the lecture on how his ideas of freedom echo those that artists and art-making can offer. The lecture was followed by a series of short discussion groups with graduate students in the art education program in honor of their Day for Art Education.