Earn your MA in Art, Education, and Community Practice
Our community of socially engaged artists/designers, educators, activists, and community organizers work together to create critical art interventions that inspire dialogue and catalyze social change. This intimate and interdisciplinary program connects art and social justice, grounded in a pedagogy of hope and possibility.Request Info
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“The Art+Education and Community Practice program has meaningfully merged my understanding of art, education, and activism in a way that is relevant and actionable in my life. After being involved in the program I feel more empowered to use art to open up questions and imagine new possibilities. I was given a space to critically delve into important issues concerning what it means to make art as an activist alongside a group of similar-minded individuals who all had a genuine passion for these topics and who were consciously invested in growth, dialogue, and introspection. I experienced the value and complexity of what it means to learn and work collectively in a creative process to realize common ideas, a growth experience that will benefit me in all areas of my life. The educators with whom I worked with in the program were immensely supportive of my and my peers’ interests and pursuits, and it was clear that they genuinely cared about our well-being and lives.”
— Hannah White, 2019
Art+Education Program Goals
- Examine the ways that art making and the teaching of art are grounded in power structures situated within social, political, and cultural institutions and history.
- Understand that art and education are forms of knowledge production that allow us to make meaning about the world based on our experiences of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability; this knowledge can help us represent the world, as well as transform it.
- Design methods for teaching art and enacting artistic interventions that support critical thinking, creative inquiry, and social change inspired by contemporary approaches to art making, analyzing works of historical and current art, and social activism.
- Demonstrate the ability to be reflective practitioners and effective researchers who understand that theory informs practice and practice must be theorized.
- Empower persuasive cultural advocates and community leaders able to articulate the importance of art in schools, institutions, and society at large.
With a focus on contemporary art, social justice education, and critical multiculturalism, the MA in Teaching Art, K–12, Initial Certification envisions the artist-educator as cultural worker, intellectual, and activist.
Become an artist-educator with the skills to change the landscape of art education, while working toward your professional teaching certification.