2021 Art Education Lecture Series: Amelia Kraehe and Sara Scott Shields

Feb 23, 2021 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM


Free with Registration

Due to weather-related disruptions in preparation for this event, we have decided to postpone to a later date. Please check back at this event link and through our social media platforms to register for the new date. 

The 2021 Art Education Lecture Series welcomes Amelia Kraehe and Sara Scott Shields. 

Anti-racist Art Pedagogy: Critical and Creative Tools for Making a Difference in Schools, Museums, and Communities
Through an investigation of the ways in which sociocultural, spatial, political, and economic contexts that shape and are shaped by the arts in education and a paradoxical examination of how hierarchies of power in the field interact with more intimate formations of knowledge, identity, and agency, Kraehe discusses approaches that lead to the disruption of systems of inequality.  

Pocket Monuments: Mini Monuments for Major Figures in Austin History
Shields will discuss how art education spaces provide opportunities for students to access new understandings of the ways their local environment can present opportunities for reimagining civic engagement. An accompanying workshop will engage participants in creating mini monuments for historical figures from the civil rights movement using small containers. 
Please bring the following materials to this virtual lecture: small candy tin or matchbox, glue (quick drying or hot), miscellaneous collage materials, scissors/exacto knife, ruler, mark-making tools (pens, pencils, paint, etc.).

Dr. Amelia M. Kraehe is currently Associate Professor and Graduate Program Advisor in Art and Visual Culture Education at The University of Arizona. She is co-founder and co-director of the Racial Justice Studio, a transdisciplinary incubator for the study and practice of intersectional anti-racism in and through the arts. She is co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education, and served as the Senior Editor of the Art Education journal. Her scholarship, teaching, and public engagement focus on how the arts and arts education can challenge, but also reinforce, systems of inequality. She explores this seeming contradiction by investigating the ways in which the arts, as both a disciplinary discourse and as creative cultural practices, mediate social movements, ideological formation and transformation, identity and agency. Her latest book, Race and Art Education, is available spring 2021 from Davis Publications.   

Dr. Sara Scott Shields has taught at the secondary and college level for 16 years and received the 2019 Southeastern Higher Educator of the Year award from the National Art Education Association and 2018 Higher Educator of the Year award from the Florida Art Education Association. She has presented and published at the state, national, and international level. Her research focus is on identity development through arts engagement, with a specific focus on how the arts can help students and teachers understand their identity in relationship to the diverse worlds we teach and live in. Her research and curriculum development is focused on the integration of contemporary art, community, and personal histories, and how these might work together to create unique opportunities for art educators and students to engage in civically minded and socially just educative encounters. To learn about her current collaborative research with Dr. Rachel Fendler visit: https://civicarted.com/ 

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