Critical Articulations of Hope from the Margins of Arts Education presents perspectives on arts education from marginalized contexts and communities around the world. The contributors of this collection are educators, researchers, and artists who have devoted their research and practice to exploring how to utilize arts education to work toward justice, equity, sustainability, and hope when communities or groups of people are faced with most challenging and arduous situations.
This book depicts hardships and struggles, including forced migration; institutionalized discrimination; economic, ecological and cultural oppression; hatred; prejudice and violence. However, it also celebrates the strength of individuals and communities who strive to make a difference and work towards fair and just cultures and communities. The book proposes that participation in the arts is a basic human right and that diverse cultures and the arts are an integral aspect of healthy lives and societies. Building on long traditions of arts education for social justice, critical pedagogy, and the pedagogy of hope, it facilitates international dialogue and explores how the theory and practice for arts education can be furthered by including insights emerging from practices evolving as sensitive to marginal conditions.
Critical Articulations of Hope from the Margins of Arts Education will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students of the arts, arts education, and education. It will also appeal to arts educators, community artists, sociologists, cultural workers and teacher training faculty and in service-learning and other pedagogy-related courses.
Table of Contents
Anniina Suominen and Eeva Anttila
Dialogical musical spaces: Raising youth critical consciousness in equalizing intergroup settings
Documentary theatre as a platform for hope and social justice
Jussi Lehtonen and Sari Pöyhönen
Sustaining dance education in exile: Contemporary perspectives of dance teaching and learning inside and outside of Syria
The embodiment of hope: A dialogue on dance and displaced children
Shifting Tides: Re-searching values for critical Pacific dance pedagogy
Accessibility, mutual learning, and new pedagogical approaches: Developing a professional theatre school in Mato Grosso, Brazil
Ivam Cabral, Rodolfo García Vázquez & Marcio Aquiles
Teacher preparation during an epidemic of mass incarceration: The challenge and hope of arts and education
Building mutual respect and trust through co-dependency, deep collaboration, and co-teaching art
Nurit Cohen Evron
Experiencing Palestine through performing arts exchanges
Ville Sandqvist, Helena Korpela & Michele Cantoni
CASA San Miguel: Art as the practice of hope in a local community
Alfonso 'Coke' Bolipata
Anniina Suominen with contributions by Hanna Guttorm, Susanna Hast, Jussi Lehtonen, Isabel Marques, Rose Martin, Tiina Pusa, Sepideh Rahaa, Te Oti Rakena, Nick Rowe, and Erika Sarivaara
Eeva Anttila works as a professor of dance pedagogy at Theatre Academy of University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. Her research interests include dialogical and critical dance pedagogy, embodied learning, embodied knowledge and practice-based/artistic research methods.
Anniina Suominen is an Associate professor of Art Pedagogy in the Department of Art at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland. Her research and teaching focus on advancing equity and social justice through the arts as well as sensuous epistemologies and pedagogies.
"Critical Articulations of Hope from the Margins of Arts Education provides valuable insights into people’s lives as they live with and deal with political, cultural, economic and social challenges. The power of the book is found in its ‘real’ and ‘grass roots’ accounts of how arts education pays attention to marginalised voices and how arts experiences provide support, refuge and hope. The dialogue implicit in the structure of the book places emphasis on the need to share and listen to others experience. That we can, and consistently do share and reflect on experience in and through art and arts education reveals the power of diverse cultural practices in articulating diverse voices at the margins."
Associate Professor Ralph Buck (PhD) is Head of Dance Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand.