An Invitation: Multicultural Art and Visual Learning in Elementary Education

Christine Woywod

Abstract


In this article, I recount pivotal encounters that occurred in a course entitled Multicultural Art and Visual Learning during the summer and fall of 2016. I approach this as teacher research, as I personally faced the challenge of how to responsibly engage with Culture Wars as an educator. Through recounting experiences, I extend an invitation to others who are open to the possibility that learning with and through the arts provides students opportunities to make meaningful choices within in their own learning, helps them develop empathy for each other, engages them in challenging dialogues about culture, and prepares them to contribute to life in our democracy and efforts to create a just world.

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