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Art and Social Justice Education

Culture as Commons, 1st Edition

Edited by Therese M. Quinn, John Ploof, Lisa J. Hochtritt


224 pages

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Art and Social Justice Education offers inspiration and tools for educators to craft critical, meaningful, and transformative arts education curriculum and arts integration projects. The images, descriptive texts, essays, and resources are grounded within a clear social justice framework and linked to ideas about culture as commons. Essays and a section written by and for teachers who have already incorporated contemporary artists and ideas into their curriculums help readers to imagine ways to use the content in their own settings. This book is enhanced by a Companion Website ( featuring artists and artworks, project examples, and dialogue threads for educators.

Proposing that art can contribute in a wide range of ways to the work of envisioning and making a more just world, this imaginative, practical, and engaging sourcebook of contemporary artists’ works and education resources advances the field of arts education, locally, nationally, and internationally, by moving beyond models of discipline-based or expressive art education. It will be welcomed by all educators seeking to include the arts and social justice in their curricula.


"As America's public schools serve ever more diverse student populations, teacher interest in addressing social justice concerns has never been higher. This book provides a variety of ways, both theoretical and practical, for teachers to use arts education as a means of assisting students to become engaged participants in society. Summing up: Essential." - S.T. Schroth, Knox College, in CHOICE

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Foreword Bill Ayers and Maxine Greene, illustrated by Ryan Alexander-Tanner Editors Introduction Therese Quinn, John Ploof, and Lisa Hochtritt

I. The Commons: Redistribution of Resources and Power Introduction Section One Therese Quinn 1. Justseeds: An Artists' Cooperative David Darts 2. Heidi Cody: Letters to the World and the ABCs of Visual Culture Kevin Tavin 3. Kutiman: It's the Mother of All Funk Chords K. Wayne Yang 4. ToroLab: Border Research Gone Molecular Nato Thompson 5. Mequitta Ahuja: Afro-Galaxy Romi Crawford 6. Emily Jacir: The Intersection of Art and Politics Edie Pistolesi 7. Paula Nicho Cúmez: Crossing Borders Kryssi Staikidis 8. Rafael Trelles: Cleaning Up the Stain of Militarism Nicolas Lampert 9. Experience, Discover, Interpret, and Communicate: Material Culture Studies and Social Justice in Art Education Doug Blandy 10. Educational Crisis: An Artistic Intervention Dipti Desai and Elizabeth Koch 11. Social Media/Social Justice: The (Creative) Commons and K-12 Art Education Robert W. Sweeny and Hannah Johnston

II. Our Cultures: Recognition and Representation Introduction to Section Two John Ploof 12. Kaisa Leka: Confusing the Disability/Ability Divide Carrie Sandahl 13. Darrel Morris: Men Don’t Sew in Public Dónal O’Donoghue 14. Nicholas Galanin: Imaginary Indian and the Indigenous Gaze Anne-Marie Tupuola 15. Kimsooja: The Performance of Universality Dalida María Benfield 16. Xu Bing: Words of Art Buzz Spector 17. Bernard Williams: Art as Reinterpretation, Identity as Art James Haywood Rolling, Jr. 18. Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds: Beyond the Chief Elizabeth Delacruz 19. Samuel Fosso: Queering Performances of Realness G. E. Washington 20. Cultural Conversations in Spiral Curriculum Olivia Gude 21. Arts Making as an Act of Theory Miia Collanus and Tiina Heinonen 22. Pedagogy, Collaboration, and Transformation: A Conversation with Brett Cook Korina Jocson and Brett Cook

III. Toward Futures: Social and Personal Transformation Introduction to Section Three Lisa Hochtritt 23. Harrell Fletcher: Shaping a New Social Juan Carlos Castro 24. Pinky & Bunny: Critical Pedagogy 2.0 Steven Ciampaglia 25. La Pocha Nostra: Practicing Mere Life Jorge Lucero 26. Future Farmers: Leaping Over the Impossible Present A. Laurie Palmer 27. Appalshop: Learning from Rural Youth Media Maritza Bautista 28. Navjot Altaf: What Public, Whose Art? Manisha Sharma 29. The Chiapas Photography Project: You Can’t Unsee It Lisa Yun Lee 30. Dilomprizulike: Art as Political Agency Raimundo Martins 31. In Search of Clean Water and Critical Environmental Justice: Collaborative Artistic Responses Through the Possibilities of Sustainability and Appropriate Technologies B. Stephen Carpenter, II and Marissa Muñoz 32. Opening Spaces for Subjectivity in an Urban Middle-School Art Classroom: A Dialogue between Theory and Practice Carol Culp and Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández 33. Story Drawings: Revisiting Personal Struggles, Empathizing with ‘Others’ Sharif Bey

IV. Voices of Teachers Introduction Section Four Graeme Sullivan, Art Matters 34. Holding the Camera Maura Nugent 35. The Streets Are Our Canvas: Skateboarding, Hip-Hop, and School Keith (K-Dub) Williams 36. The Zine Teacher's Dilemma Jesse Senechal 37. Miracle on 79th Street: Using Community as Curriculum Delaney Gersten Susie 38. Public School, Public Failure, Public Art? Bert Stabler 39. Animating The Bill of Rights William Estrada 40. Think Twice, Make Once Anne Thulson 41. Art History and Social Justice in the Middle School Classroom Kimberly Lane 42. Whatever Comes Next will be Made and Named by Us Vanessa López-Sparaco About the Contributors Figure Credits and Permissions Index

About the Editors

Therese Quinn is Chair and Associate Professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

John Ploof is Professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lisa Hochtritt is Chair of Art Education at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, Colorado.

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EDUCATION / Curricula