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.

Fall Semester Classes

September 21, 2012

Categories: Art Education City College of New York teaching

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

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.

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.