The Getty Center for Education will be publishing a book this May called
Celebrating Pluralism: Art, Education, and Cultural Diversity. The author,
Graeme Chalmers, talks about ways to integrate social concerns into the
Here's a blurb for the book from our publication catalog:
Celebrating Pluralism: Art, Education, and Cultural Diversity
F. Graeme Chalmers
"Educational trends will change and research agendas will shift, but art
teachers in public institutions will still need to educate all students for
multicultural futures." In this fifth volume in the Center for Education's
Occasional Paper series, Dr. Graeme Chalmers explains why
multicultural art education is necessary and how art education programs
? promote cross-cultural understanding;
? recognize and celebrate racial and cultural diversity in art;
? affirm and enhance self-esteem and pride in students' cultural
? address issues of ethnocentrism, bias, stereotyping, prejudice,
discrimination, and racism.
After providing a historical context for multicultural art education, Dr.
Chalmers examines the implications for art education of the broad themes
found in art across cultures. Using discipline-based art education as a
framework, the author examines existing art education curricula and
suggests ways to design and implement a curriculum for multicultural art
education that will help all students find a place for art in their lives. Art
educators will find Celebrating Pluralism invaluable in negotiating the
approach to multicultural art education that makes the most sense to their
students and their community.
F. Graeme Chalmers is professor of Art Education at the University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of more than 100
publications in art education, many of which are related to art education
and cultural diversity. These writings have appeared as book chapters,
journal articles, and curriculum materials. Dr. Chalmers has served on the
editorial boards of Studies in Art Education and the Journal of
Multi-cultural and Cross-cultural Research in Art Education and is
currently an advisor to the Visual Arts Research and the Journal of Art
and Design Education (U.K.).
An advance order can be made by calling the Getty Trust Distribution
Center at 800/223-3431. The price of the book will be $10.00.
On Fri, 23 Feb 1996 Daniella Ramos Barroqueiro wrote:
I am an art teacher of young children and a graduate student at the
University of Illinois. Recently, I have begun to rethink my approach to art
education. I am quickly realizing the potential of art education in terms of
social reform. Because of the freedom that many art teachers have in
making decisions about curricula, there is opportunity to go beyond the
traditional and expected teachings.
But there are many other important that can be addressed creatively in
an art room environment. Previously, I did not believe it was the
responsibility of an art teacher to address the important issues of cultural
diversity, ethnocentrism/racism, sexism, poverty, war, violence,
environmental problems, issues of disabilities and special needs, the list
goes on. Now I think I may be ready to accept this role, and through art,
hopefully encourage discourse and critical thinking. I must admit, I am not
sure where to begin. As it is, there seems to be "too much to teach, and
no time to teach it". But I believe it can be done.
I feel, to be done correctly, this approach should not be viewed as
merely an addendum to a curriculum, as Black History has been added to
the month of February, but as a total and natural intergration of important
issues and experiences that have been skimmed over or completly
neglected by history, society, and art education. For those who prefere
to step with caution, perhaps simply exposing students to forms of
Eastern Art on a more regular basis would be a good start.