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Art and social justice education: culture as commons

Art and social justice education: culture as commons

Hochtritt, Lisa; Quinn, Therese; Ploof, John

This title 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

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Published London: Routledge, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Therese Quinn, John Ploof, and Lisa Hochtritt
ISBN: 0203852478, 041587906X, 0415879078, 9780203852477, 9780415879064, 9780415879071
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 204 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Social justice Study and teaching.; Art in education Social aspects.; Education Social aspects United States.; Education.; Arts Study and teaching.; Teaching Social aspects United States.


  1. Acknowledgements  Foreword  Bill Ayers and Maxine Greene, illustrated by Ryan Alexander-Tanner  Editors Introduction Therese Quinn, John Ploof, and Lisa Hochtritt&nbsp
  2. 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 Thompson5. 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 Blandy10. Educational Crisis: An Artistic Intervention Dipti Desai and Elizabeth Koch11. Social Media/Social Justice: The (Creative) Commons and K-12 Art Education Robert W. Sweeny and Hannah Johnston&nbsp
  3. 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'Donoghue14. 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   &nbsp
  4. 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 Sharma29.  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&nbsp
  5. 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

Author note

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

John Ploofis Professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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


"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, inCHOICE