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Jessica Hamlin

Clinical Assistant Professor of Art + Education

Art and Art Professions

Jessica Hamlin is a Clinical Professor in the Art+Education program at NYU. Her work explores the intersections between contemporary art, critical pedagogy, and public education. Before joining the faculty at NYU she served as the Director of Education for Art21 initiating the Art21 Educators professional learning community and Creative Chemistries - a platform for timely exchange between artists, educators, policy makers, academics and community based educators. She has also served as the Director of the Saturday Art School at Pratt University, the Education Coordinator and Gallery Educator for the non-profit artist space Art in General, and consulted with a range of non-profit organizations and school districts on curriculum design, strategic planning, and professional development. An advocate for a radical reimagining of art+education and teacher practice inspired by urgent social issues, relevant historical connections, and contemporary practices enacted by socially engaged and activist artists, Jessica works with K-12 classroom teachers to position schools and classrooms as sites for creative and critical exchange and community building. Jessica co-authored the book, Art as History, History as Art: Contemporary Art in the History Classroom (Routledge, 2009), has published articles in School Arts and Art Education magazines as well as the ART21 Magazine. She has also published chapters in several exhibition catalogues and books.


Art + Education

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Race- Education and the Politics of Visual Representation

This course addresses philosophical. historical, socio-politcal contexts of multiculturalism in the United States, with an emphasis on relationship to critical pedagogy and contemporary art practices. Current ideas about representation and identity will be considered specifically in relation to a critique of mainstream notions of multiculturalism and art. Topics may include the history of race in the United States, the role of ethnicity and class in shaping identity, and feminism and multiculturalism. The course of addresses pedagogy and curriculum in a variety of educational settings, including schools, museums, and alternative spaces.
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3 - 4
Art and Art Professions