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International Journal of Education & the Arts Editors Christine Marmé Thompson Pennsylvania State University Eeva Anttila Theatre Academy Helsinki S. Alex Ruthmann New York UniversityWilliam J. Doan Pennsylvania State UniversityISSN: 1529-8094 Volume 14 Special Issue 2.3 September 6, 2013 Creating Art Environments that Address Social Justice Issues Gail Tremblay The Evergreen State College, USA Citation: Tremblay, G. (2013). Creating art environments that address social justice issues. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 14(SI 2.3). Retrieved [date] from . Abstract In this article, I examine strategies for teaching students to make socially conscious art using a variety of media that emphasizes installation work. I present issues of social justice in the contemporary art world and include concerns of censorship that artists sometimes confront. I offer examples of team taught coordinated studies programs where students did social justice through visual art installation work and refer to examples I have used as part of curriculums to teach students the skills needed to create and exhibit works about important social issues. The paper contains links to images of works by the author on Vimeo and lists and links to other artists who that people might want to include in their curriculum.
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IJEA Vol. 14 Special Issue 2.3 - 2Introduction Many students interested in learning to make art enter college with a very narrow sense of the range and scope of work that politically engaged artists have been creating in the international art scene over the past fifty years. Even students who grow up in urban areas where it is possible to go to museums and galleries have frequently not been exposed to works outside a narrow canon that is quite conservative in its vision even when the artworks they see are technically and conceptually avant garde. As a result many students have no sense that they can create artwork that could cause viewers to question the status quo. Positioning Myself As an indigenous artist whose work by its existence supports the survival of Native culture in a settler state that has a history of attempting to commit physical and cultural genocide, I have always known my art is political. Beyond that I have chosen to participate in an innovative contemporary art movement and to address certain highly charged political issues like Indian Fishing Rights or the effects of nuclear pollution on reservations in my personal installation work, I have also chosen to collaborate with other artists from a variety of cultures to address issues of feminism and issues of water and water rights (Tremblay, 2001; Tremblay, 2002). PedagogyIf one wants to open doors for students and encourage them to make art that challenges the injustices that are a defining feature of our social reality then, as a teacher, one needs to do three things. First, show students works by successful artists who make art that challenges social inequality and teach them to use art to communicate. Second, model ways to create
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