Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Education
Jessica Hamlin is an educator interested in contemporary art as a site for critical discourse and the potential of artistic practices to inform new pedagogical possibilities in K-12 classrooms. Jessica previously served as the interim Director of the Art + Education program. Her teaching interests include: contemporary art and artistic activism, critical pedagogy, and the intersections of art and educational theory. Prior to joining NYU, Jessica served as the Director of Educational Initiatives for ART21, founding the ART21 Educators learning community and launching Creative Chemistries–a platform for timely trans-disciplinary exchange between artists and educators. Additional experience in a range of cultural organizations, schools, and in city government has included facilitating the education programs at the non-profit gallery Art In General, directing the community-based Saturday Art School at Pratt Institute, managing a comprehensive planning and assessment process for the Boston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs examining school and community-based arts programs, and overseeing a three-year initiative in the Boston Public Schools to support the arts in middle schools in partnership with local arts organizations. Jessica co-authored the book, Art as History, History as Art: Contemporary Art in the History Classroom (Routledge, 2009) and has published articles in School Arts and Art Education magazine as well as the ART21 Magazine.