Making Sense of Cultural Appropriation: What is Multiculturalism in the 21st Century?

Includes a Live Event on 01/15/2020 at 7:00 PM (EST)


Making Sense of Cultural Appropriation: What is Multiculturalism in the 21st Century?
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 7-8 pm ET

FREE for NAEA Members; $49 for non-members

Today more than ever, multicultural education is a must for the success of students. However, in our quest to expose students to diverse cultures, the line between exposure to multicultural awareness and inadvertently leading students to inappropriately use iconographies of other cultures in their artwork can be a challenge to navigate. Join us for an exploration of the impact of cultural appropriation in the classroom and how it can dissuade students from wanting to learn about other cultures. Learn how using the strategy of conceptual pedagogy can train students and teachers to reach out for different ideas, learn about the origins of these ideas, analyze them, and come up with ways these ideas can inspire new thinking.

Allan Richards

Allan Richards, EdD
Associate Professor, Art Education, University of Kentucky

Allan Richards, a native of Jamaica, completed post graduate degrees in Mexico and the United States. He taught K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students in art, mathematics, biology, and agricultural science before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Allan has lived, worked, studied, completed research, taught, and visited over 23 countries which continues to influence his research and teaching in art education. His research focuses on addressing issues of individuals who are deprived of social, political, and economic equality and justice. Allan believes art education is a fundamental, powerful vehicle that engages students to foster and sustain human rights. He served as Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University as well as Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Chair of the President’s Commission on Diversity, both at the University of Kentucky.

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