Art Education Journal Connections - Arts Equity: Practicing Creative Activity as a Human Right


Art Education Journal Connections
Arts Equity: Practicing Creative Activity as a Human Right
Wednesday, April 25 | 7-8 pm ET

Arts equity can take many forms. Join us as Art Education Senior Editor Amelia Kraehe dives into a conversation with Journal authors for a closer look at arts equity and inclusion. Authors will share stories about curriculum projects, practices, and outcomes that illustrate contemporary approaches to creative activity as a human right. These tales from the field connect everyday concerns ranging from teaching for equity in the art classroom to global human struggles for freedom. What will their stories inspire for you and your classroom?

John Ploof and Lisa Hochtritt (Art Education, January 2018) tell the story of a justice-oriented teacher think tank that collaborates on professional development and curriculum planning. Join with Steve Ciampaglia (Art Education, July 2017) to discover the Plug-In Studio, a new media arts collective that works alongside African-American youth in the development of culturally relevant and socially responsive art video games. And, Cindy Maguire (Art Education, July 2017) will share her experience partnering with a refugee camp in Algeria to put on an international human rights festival with socially engaged artworks.

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Amelia (Amy) Kraehe

Senior Editor, Art Education, The Journal of the National Art Education Association, and Assistant Professor of Art Education, University of North Texas

Amelia (Amy) Kraehe is senior editor of Art Education journal. She was an elementary art teacher, museum gallery teacher, and community-based art educator before entering higher education. She now teaches and mentors beginning K-12 art teachers and art education researchers at the University of North Texas where she is an assistant professor of art education. In the community, Kraehe collaborates with school leaders on arts equity initiatives in urban public schools, and she works with art museum educators and directors to develop inclusive and equitable museum practices. She is a published author with numerous journal articles and two books—The Palgrave Handbook on Race and the Arts in Education, and Pedagogies in the Flesh: Case Studies on the Embodiment of Sociocultural Differences in Education

Steve Ciampaglia

Associate Professor of Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Co-Director, the Plug-In Studio

Steve Ciampaglia is a new media community artist and associate professor of art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His research areas are social justice and community arts, critical pedagogy, art + tech, and media arts education. Ciampaglia, who has presented his artwork and research at MIT, Stanford University, and Columbia University, has been published in the Harvard Educational Review, Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education. He is a co-founder of the Plug-In Studio—a socially engaged new media art collective that collaborates with youth and adults in diverse Chicago communities to make video games, interactive kinetic sculpture, augmented reality graffiti, soft circuits, and other art with technology. The studio was named a 2015 Fellow by A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art.

Cindy Maguire

Director, Art and Design Education, Adelphi University, New York

Cindy Maguire is director of the undergraduate art and design education program at Adelphi University. She also co-directs ArtsAction Group, an international community-based collective committed to facilitating arts initiatives with children and youth in conflict-affected environments. Through respect, open dialogue, and long-term cooperation, the group works with local partners to create, produce, and share these experiences with a broader global audience. Previously, Maguire was a researcher at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and NYU’s Institute for Education and Social Policy. She taught visual arts education in the Los Angeles City Schools for over eight years. Primary research interests include STEAM and the role of collaborative and socially engaged art in personal and social transformation. Maguire is also a practicing artist. She received her BAE from University of Kansas; her MA from California State University, Long Beach; and her PhD from New York University. 

John Ploof

Professor, Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

John Ploof is a socially engaged artist and educator who works with participatory projects that utilize art, design, and visual culture to galvanize activity around social issues. Ploof produced over 20 projects with the four-person collective Haha (1988-2008). He has authored and co-edited three books on social issues and contemporary art: The Object of Labor: Art, Cloth, and Cultural Production (MIT Press + SAIC Press, 2007); With Love from Haha, Essays and Notes on a Collective Practice (WhiteWalls + University of Chicago Press, 2008); and Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons (Routledge, 2012). A professor of art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ploof teaches courses such as The Art of Crossing the Street: Creativity and Culture in the 21st Century; Knowledge Lab; and Thesis Research as Social Inquiry.

Lisa Hochtritt

Associate Professor, Art & Visual Culture Education, University of Arizona, Tucson

Lisa Hochtritt is associate professor, art, division of art & visual culture education at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She obtained her EdD at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, and her MA and California state teacher certifications in art, speech, and drama at San Francisco State University. Hochtritt received the NAEA award for Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, Pacific Region (2014), and the Colorado Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year award (2011). She is co-editor and author, with Therese Quinn and John Ploof, of Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons (2012), published by Routledge, and the forthcoming Routledge anthology, co-edited with Elizabeth Garber and Manisha Sharma, Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working For Cultural Change.

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