Teaching with Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art in Contemporary Classrooms: Art21 Educators 2009

Oliver Herring- TASK at the Former Federal Security Bank, 2003

Oliver Herring - TASK at the Former Federal Security Bank, 2003

Starting today, Art21 is pleased to welcome K-12 teachers from across the country to participate in our first summer institute, Art21 Educators. Jessica Hamlin, Marc Mayer, Joy Lai (our amazing education intern), and myself will be joined by Art21 colleagues, fellow educators, and artists for one week to share approaches for incorporating contemporary art in and out of the classroom—revising and re-energizing curricula with teachers who applied to participate in this annual program. The teachers are:

  • Casey Carlock, Mary Lyon Elementary, Chicago, IL
  • Jenny Davidson, Sammamish High School, Seattle, WA
  • Jennie M. Duke, Beacon High School, Beacon, NY
  • June Edmonds, Lawndale School District, Lawndale, CA
  • Kristine Hatanaka, Culver City High School, Culver City, CA
  • Lluvia Higuera, freelance educator, Los Angeles, CA
  • Troy Kroft, Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock, NJ
  • Tanya Manabat, Roosevelt Elementary, Lawndale, CA
  • Benjamin Morales, Lawndale School District, Lawndale, CA
  • Pam Posey, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA
  • Joyce Riley, High School For Leadership and Public Service, New York, NY
  • Joanne Ross, Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock, NJ
  • Keeley Marie Stitt, Chicago International Charter School, Chicago IL
  • Lucia Vinograd, Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, Ojai, CA
  • Stacey J. Ward Kelly, Sargent Elementary School, Beacon, NY

This summer institute begins a year-long relationship and we are excited to work with these teachers here in New York City and in their classrooms over the next 12 months. Art21 Educators is the result of the creation and presentation of Art21 professional development workshops for teachers over the last six years. Recognizing the potential of teachers to support and inspire each other through long-term networks that encourage them to share personal anecdotes and experiences, the initiative will cultivate a collection of case studies, video documentation, and curricular models representing specific ways that teachers are merging contemporary curricular resources and content with innovative teaching strategies.

More to come!

Contributor
Joe Fusaro is the senior education advisor for Art21, and has written Art21’s “Teaching with Contemporary Art” column since 2008. He is an exhibiting artist and visual arts chair for the Nyack Public Schools in New York; and an adjunct instructor for New York University’s Graduate Program in Art and Arts Professions.
  1. I am an art teacher who teaches in a Charter school in Harlem. It is imperative that todays art teachers, teach contemporary techniques. Here is our contribution:
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