Arts Education - to what end?

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Arts Education - to what end?


March 7 and 8, 2008


New York University Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003


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Please note, on Friday, March 7, the keynote speaker will address the conference attendees followed by a reception. There are no other conference events scheduled for Friday, March 7. All paper presentations, workshops, and roundtables will be scheduled for slots on Saturday, March 8 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. We hope this additional information will help you plan as you make your travel arrangements.

Keynote Speaker:

On Friday, March 7, at 7PM, Graeme Sullivan, Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College, Columbia University, will address the conference attendees as keynote speaker followed by a reception.

Graeme Sullivan is the Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College, Columbia University and Associate Professor of Art Education. His research interests focus on an investigation of critical-reflexive thinking processes and creative methods of inquiry in the visual arts. This involves an exploration of the intellectual and imaginative practices of artists and the way the arts are mediated as a means of learning by cultural commentators, teachers and students. These ideas are described in his book, Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts (Sage, 2005). He has published widely in the field of art education and in 1990 he was awarded the Manual Barkan Memorial Award by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for his scholarly writing. In 2007 he received the Lowenfeld Award for distinguished contribution to art education. Graeme maintains an active art practice and his Streetworks have been installed in several international cities and sites over the past ten years (

About the conference:

In an era of standardized testing, shrinking budgets, and educational reforms that purport to keep teachers accountable and to leave no students behind, what is the role and place of arts education? How are arts educators contributing and responding to national and local arts and educational policies? How can arts education programs foster innovative forms of creative cultural expression, intercultural understanding, and civic engagement? Is arts education adequately preparing students as cultural producers-artists, teachers, researchers, and intellectuals-who can successfully negotiate a rapidly transforming and globalizing world? Where can arts educators turn for rich pedagogical models and reflective contemporary artistic frameworks?

Known as a world leader in Arts Education, the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development offers innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs across four artistic disciplines: dance, music, theatre and visual art. Arts Education at NYU Steinhardt is characterized by a strong commitment to critical inquiry, arts based research and practice, and socially engaged scholarship and teaching. Boasting a dynamic faculty made up of highly visible artists and scholars on the cutting edge of their fields, Arts Education at NYU Steinhardt is committed to preparing teachers for the opportunities and challenges of urban arts education in an ever-changing world. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village-one of New York City's most creative and historic neighborhoods-NYU Steinhardt draws on the rich diversity and cultural wealth of New York City, NYU, and the New York City school system. It offers unparalleled opportunities to study, teach and create across a diverse range of educational, artistic and professional settings.

Contact for more information:

Office of Special Programs
New York University
82 Washington Square East, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 1-212-992-9380
Fax: 1-212-995-4923