The pandemic has wrought trauma of many kinds on children, adults, elders, and families, and hit some communities harder than others. This session will focus on how artists and art educators have responded to the struggles of those they teach and those to whom they are connected through direct forms of engagement with the crisis. The panel will explore what historical precedents can tell us about advocacy and healing, whether individual or collective.
Karyn Sandlos, Associate Professor, Program Head of Art Education, UIC
Rhonda Wheatley, Teaching Artist, Hyde Park Art Center
Alberto Aguilar, Lecturer in Contemporary Practices, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Greg Michie, Teacher at William H. Seward Communication Arts Academy Elementary School
This is the second session of Pandemic Lessons: Challenges, Innovations and Re-Imaginings in Art Education, a three part series of presenter led conversations.
The current COVID 19 pandemic has necessitated a drastic reframing of how art education is approached and accessed. Following the end of the first semester/ term of online learning, Gallery 400, in partnership with the BFA in Art Education program at UIC’s School of Art & Art History, hosts a series of presenter-led conversations to explore how art education has adapted to a virtual learning environment: the challenges, innovations, and ways forward.
We see these conversations as a valuable way to collectively reflect on the experiences of the last few months, share knowledge and resources, highlight our connectivity and interdependence, and brainstorm new possibilities for going forward. Interactivity and discussion encouraged.