Back 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.”
I just received my copy of Culturally Relevant Art Education: A way out of no way, which 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.
Another 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.
We boarded a bus bright and early in NYC for MTS‘s first conference road trip to Baltimore for the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums. The teen participants wow’ed the international audience with their poise, professionalism, and insight into what works for teens in museums. Afterwards we explored Baltimore, paddled dragon boats in the harbor, and stuffed our bags with pens and post-its at the exhibition hall.
Looking sharp and sounding professional, the teens in Museum Teen Summit presented on Youth, Museums, and Building Community at the New York City Museum Educator’s Roundtable annual meeting. Sharing their ideas and research with a standing-room only crowd, the teens facilitated conversations about what it means to involve youth in museums.
In early January, I began a grant-funded project with the Art Education Partnership (with backing from the Institute of Museum and Library Services) to review museum education literature focused on learning outcomes in the arts. Working with Susan McCullough and a team of graduate research assistants, we conducted an intensive review of over 150 studies on museum education that resulted in several additions to ArtsEdSearch, the incredibly useful resource for art education research.
This 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!).
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 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]