“Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy”| A Book Review by Becca Barniskis

Editor’s note: Too often “social justice education” or “social justice art” get thrown around with little to no thought about the quality of that education or art making, let alone the political implications of blindly embracing anything that attaches “social justice” to itself. Becca Barniskis tackles these issues in her recent review of Marit Dewhurst’s book “Social Justice Art” […]

Where is the Teaching Artist Field? | Nick Jaffe

In recent years there have been a number of formal and informal initiatives that have aimed to bring greater coordination and centralization to the teaching artist field.  Certifications and credentials have been proposed, national organizations, guilds, and networks have been floated.  Some have done, and continue to do important work, but none have emerged as […]

My role in de-skilling the arts | J. E. Johnson

When I see the perennial behind-the-scenes tour groups gawking wide-eyed at the 10,000 square foot scenic studio outside my office at The University of Texas, I am reminded that I have a very cool job. Every year our staff of professionals and students produces beautiful stage sets and generally “make the magic happen.” Even so, […]

Who is Art Really For? | Debora Broderick

In encouraging my students to embrace an arts integrated pedagogy in their future classrooms, I’ve been forced to recognize and acknowledge their anxiety about making art and facilitating arts-based lessons. This has left me pondering a question that kept surfacing throughout the year: Do you have to be an “artist” to make art?

Harvard Recap | Malke Rosenfeld

In early August I attended a three day institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) called The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning and led by Steve Seidel and members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.  I signed up after receiving a very generous invitation-only grant award that encouraged me to attend one of HGSE’s […]

On Having A Split Personality -or- Being A Teaching Artist | Chio Flores

Going back and forth between these two roles of artist and art teacher, oftentimes in the same day seems like having a split personality; I am not thinking of the obsolete medical term but rather of my dual practice which involves inhabiting two worlds that fight constantly within me…

An Opinion & Some Questions | Nick Jaffe

Art making and art learning should be in all schools because all students should have the right to learn to make their art, and make it better, and because one can learn and teach many things in depth through art making. This is the same reason that dynamic, interesting and in-depth work in math, science, history, literature, and athletic and shop and auto mechanics classes should be in schools…