Need to Know Webcast: Social Justice Art Education


Need to Know Webcast: Social Justice Art Education
February 21, 2018 | 7-8 pm ET
Cost: FREE

How can educators foster a critical consciousness concerning the systems of inequality through experiential activities in the study and making of art? Using the sources, processes, and consequences of oppression as well as recognizing one’s relationship to being a part of changing the conditions of oppression, how can you teach toward everyday, brave upstander actions?

Impassioned by social justice issues of equity and diversity, the curricular team of this NAEF grant-funded project created a generative living curricula titled “Social Justice Art Encounters with Linda Stein’s Art”—an interactive website that explores social justice themes in Stein’s artwork.

Presenters will discuss how this curriculum teaches toward understanding the value of diversity, appreciating that everyone is responsible for the well-being of others, (re)imagining what global citizenship can be, and considering how art education plays a role toward social justice.

Explore encounters with Stein’s art series, all of which are designed to foster critical consciousness and upstander action to challenge injustice. Gain a firsthand look at this interactive website that explores social justice themes in Stein’s artwork, and learn how to integrate the website’s functionality and content into your teaching. Pre- and post-questionnaires will allow for participant feedback, and help to inform the team’s ongoing research.

Please note that participation in this webcast does not include NAEA professional development credit.

Karen Keifer-Boyd, PhD

Professor of Art Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Karen Keifer-Boyd is Professor of Art Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. She co-authored Including Difference: A Communitarian Approach to Art Education in the Least Restrictive Environment (NAEA, 2013), InCITE, InSIGHT, InSITE (NAEA, 2008), and Engaging Visual Culture (Davis, 2007); co-edited Real-World Readings in Art Education: Things Your Professors Never Told You (Falmer, 2000); and has numerous peer-reviewed research publications. Her research on transdisciplinary creativity, inclusion, feminist art pedagogy, visual culture, cyberart activism, transcultural dialogues, action research, and eco-social justice art has been translated and published in six countries. She co-founded and edited Visual Culture & Gender, and has taught and researched with Fulbright Awards in Austria (2012, 2009) and Finland (2006).

Keifer-Boyd leads a curricula team on social justice art education in developing encounters with art by Linda Stein, activates explorations with the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection, and contributes as researcher and consultant to VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, working with the Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has been recognized with several NAEA awards, elected as NAEA Distinguished Fellow Class of 2013, NAEA Women’s Caucus president (2012-2014), and Coordinator of the Caucus of Social Theory in Art Education; served on the Research Steering Committee for the Art Education Research Institute, Council for Policy Studies in Art Education, United States Society for Education Through Art (USSEA) Outreach Committee, and as 2012 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria.

Wanda B. Knight, PhD

Wanda B. Knight is chair of the National Art Education Task Force on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and is professor-in-charge of the art education program at Penn State University. She has served as a preK-12 art teacher, museum educator, elementary and secondary public-school principal, and educational consultant. Her work concerning equity, diversity, and inclusion is published widely, and her professional achievements have been recognized through international, national, state, and university awards and recognition.

Yen-Ju Lin, PhD

Museum Art Educator, Instructional Technologist, Researcher, and Graphic Designer

Yen-Ju Lin is a museum art educator, instructional technologist, researcher, and graphic designer. Her works explore critical pedagogy and instructional design of new media technology in art education. She worked at the Department of Education, Exhibition, and Information Services at the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taiwan, 2010-2011. Her work at the NPM involved curating new educational media for translating ancient museum artifacts into meaningful narratives for museum visitors. Her dissertation, completed in 2016, Designing with Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for Event Potentials in an Art Museum Context, investigated engaging critical dialogue through the integration of ICTs in a series of educational activities with the Surveying Judy Chicago: Five Decades exhibition at Palmer Museum of Art in 2014. She has served as the associate editor of Visual Cultural & Gender, an international, peer-reviewed, multimedia online journal since 2016.

Ann Holt, PhD

Art and Design Instructor, Adelphi University and Pratt Institute

Ann Holt teaches courses in art and design education at Adelphi University and Pratt Institute. Holt recently served as Executive Director of artist Linda Stein's nonprofit, Have Art Will Travel! Inc. for Gender Justice. Her research encompasses feminist perspectives of archives, marginalized histories of art education, and social justice pedagogy. She holds a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MA in art education from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Holt completed her doctoral work in art education with a minor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Penn State University. Her dissertation explores a feminist transdisciplinary orientation to the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection housed at Penn State and broadens understanding about engaging and encountering art education archival records.

Cheri Eileen Ehrlich, EdD

Art Educator

Cheri Eileen Ehrlich has 20 years of combined experience teaching in art museums, community centers, K-12 schools, and universities. She has worked with learners of all abilities and ages, including diverse ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Ehrlich's research on feminist art and adolescent engagement in art museums is published in Visual Art Research. Her chapters appear in the book Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today and the upcoming books Women’s Caucus Lobby Activism and Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption and Change. As an art and museum educator, Ehrlich's career has been rich and wide-ranging. Currently, she is a full-time Adjunct Assistant Professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in the Art Education and Crafts Department where she teaches the courses Women in the Arts and Art, Design, and Visual Culture. 

Ehrlich has taught preservice art educators at Moore College of Art and Design, Brooklyn College, The City College of New York (CCNY), and Teachers College Columbia University, and has worked in the education departments at the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, and Dia: Beacon. Before working in museums, Ehrlich taught art in high schools in New York City and Andover, MA. She completed her doctoral work in art and art education at Teachers College Columbia University, where she also received her EdM. Additionally, Ehrlich holds a BFA in Painting and a BA in Women's Studies from UMass Amherst, and an MAT in Art Education from Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts. 

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