Last week at the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) yearly conference in McAllen, Texas, Associate Professor of Instruction Donalyn Heise, recent art ed grad Olivia Spiers, and current art ed grad Alisse Guerra presented their research in their presentation ""Resilience in Schools, Museums and Communities."
The presentation opened with Heise's decades of research that explores how engagement with art fosters resilience. Spiers, who is now the Gallery Coordinator, Outreach & Programming at The Art Galleries at Austin Community College, followed by sharing her research on trauma informed practices in the museum. Guerra then discussed her current research at UT, an autoethnographic study guided by her experiences of resilience through art after a natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. Their presentation was part of the Effective Teaching Practices category at the conference.