Cultural [Mis]Appropriation: Permissions for Honoring Cultural Ownership in Art Education


Cultural [Mis]Appropriation: Permissions for Honoring Cultural Ownership in Art Education
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 7-8 pm ET

FREE for NAEA Members; $49 for non-members

In our ever-changing society, arts education has the potential to build bridges to the histories and backgrounds of our students, while promoting the learning of other cultures in safe, affirming spaces. As arts educators, we are positioned to stimulate critical multicultural arts learning that elevates voices and honors differences through transformative pedagogy. Fear of [mis]appropriating culture may lead us to abandoning it in our curriculum. However, it is our responsibility to expose students to ideas and perspectives different from those of dominant cultures. 

This webinar explores how art educators can think through the permissions of cultural inclusion carefully, without erasing or stereotyping the often historically marginalized identities from which cultures originate. The presenters offer educators a framework that aligns with the NAEA Position Statement on the use of imagery, cultural appropriation, and socially just practices—intended to be a catalyst for respectful and relevant learning that makes connections to the realities or obstacles students may be facing. Supporting lessons and instructional strategies are transformative tools that are easily adapted to your context and presented in solidarity towards a greater shared understanding of individuals and cultures alike.

James Haywood Rolling, Jr.

NAEA President-Elect; NAEA Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Commission Chair Professor/Chair of Art Education; Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University

James Haywood Rolling, Jr., is NAEA President-Elect and dual professor of arts education and teaching and leadership in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Education at Syracuse University (SU), where he also serves as the chair of arts education. In 2018, James was appointed inaugural director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. For NAEA, he served as Higher Education Division Director, Research Commission Associate Chair, and Senior Editor of Art Education. James is also a widely published author, and his books include Swarm Intelligence: What Nature Teaches Us About Shaping Creative Leadership and Arts-Based Research, both published in 2013.

Anna Pilhoefer

NAEA Equity, Diversity,& Inclusion Commissioner, Elementary Visual Arts Educator, Cleveland Elementary School, Santa Barbara, CA

Anna Pilhoefer brings over twenty years of experience as an artist, arts educator, and administrator in district, school site, and non-profit arts organizations. Anna has made it her continued focus and responsibility to increase diversity and inclusion within the arts education profession to include culturally competent teaching accessible to all.

Browning Neddeau

NAEA Equity, Diversity,& Inclusion Commissioner, Preservice Assistant Professor, Elementary Teacher Education and American Indian Studies, California State University, Chico

Browning Neddeau is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Teacher Education and American Indian Studies at California State University, Chico. He researches arts education, Native American culturally-appropriate representation in schools, and agricultural education. Browning serves on the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education's National Advisory Council.

Upon completion of this NAEA webinar, you may earn 1 hour of professional development credit as designated by NAEA. Once the webinar is completed, you may view/print a Certification of Participation under the "Contents" tab. You may also print a transcript of all webinars attended under the "Dashboard" link in the right sidebar section of the page.  

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