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Re: Multicultural art, elementary challenge

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Graeme Chalmers (gfchalm)
Mon, 3 Feb 1997 09:39:45 -0800 (PST)

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Hi Chris:
Thanks for careful post. I hope that others took the time to read it.
Your sensitive adaptations of the "kachina" unit, and your primary
"Thanksgiving" project are wonderful examples of how "multicultural" art
education can be better.
In many ways you provide, for other teachers, what you are asking of the
commercial publishers. I agree that much of what is being promoted as
"multicultural" has a long way to go. Yes, I have reviewed the High
Museum's "Rings Project" and there are many starting points for
elementary teachers. I have a few quibbles, (mostly around culture-bound
assumptions about art), but the resource is better than most. There are 5
themes, love, anguish, awe, triumph, and joy, which provide great
starting points. As J. Carter Brown says "It is my hope that your
students will try their hand at constructing their own "Rings"
exhibitions out of the objects in their local museums, from reproductions
in books and magazines . . ."

Thanks for your input

Graeme Chalmers

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