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Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy

Engaging Students in Glocal Issues through the Arts


Barbara Beyerbach and R. Deborah Davis

Artists have always had a role in imagining a more socially just, inclusive world – many have devoted their lives to realizing this possibility. In a culture ever more embedded in performance and the visual, an examination of the role of the arts in multicultural teaching for social justice is timely. This book examines and critiques approaches to using activist art to teach a multicultural curriculum. Examples of activist artists and their strategies illustrate how study of and engagement in this process connect local and global issues that can deepen critical literacy and a commitment to social justice. This book is relevant to those interested in teaching more about artist/activist social movements around the globe; preparing pre-service teachers to teach for social justice; concerned about learning how to engage diverse learners through the arts; and teaching courses related to arts-based multicultural education, critical literacy, and culturally relevant teaching.
Contents: Barbara Beyerbach: Introduction – Barbara Beyerbach: Social Justice Education Through the Arts – Tania Ramalho/Leah Russell: Learningabout the Farmworkers and the Landless Rural Workers Movements Through the Arts – Leah Russell: Art and Change in the AfroReggae Cultural Group – Jacquelyn S. Kibbey: Media Literacy and Social Justice in a Visual World – Mary Harrell: Enlivening the Curriculum Through Imagination – Dennis Parsons: Photography and Social Justice: Preservice Teachers and the Ocularized, Urban Other – Jane Winslow: Creating Student Activists Through Community Participatory Documentaries – Jennifer Kagan/Chris Capella: Art Class at the Onondaga Nation School: A Practice of the Good Mind – Lisa Roberts Seppi: Indigenous Activism: Art, Identity, and the Politics of the Quincentenary – Carrie Nordlund/Peg Speirs/Marilyn Stewart/Judy Chicago: Activist Art and Pedagogy: The Dinner Party Curriculum Project – Lisa Langlois: Acting Up In and Out of Class: Student Social Justice Activism in the Tertiary General Education, Fine Arts, and Performing Arts Curriculum – Patricia E. Clark/Ulises A. Mejias/Peter Cavana/Daniel Herson/Sharon M. Strong: Interactive Social Media and the Art of Telling Stories: Strategies for Social Justice Through 2010: Racism on Campus – Barbara Stout: In the Grey: Finding Beauty Without Labels – Suzanne Bellamy: The Art of Growing Food – Barbara Beyerbach/Tania Ramalho: Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy.