Social Justice Art

Social Justice Art A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy

Marit Dewhurst
cloth, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-737-8
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paper, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-736-1
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Pub. Date: November 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-738-5
In this lively and groundbreaking book, arts educator Marit Dewhurst examines why art is an effective way to engage students in thinking about the role they might play in addressing social injustice.


In a voice that is at once intimate and rigorous, subtle and discerning, skeptical and celebratory, Marit Dewhurst probes the layers and boundaries of what she calls the 'pedagogy of activist art.' Her voice plays in duet with those of the young artists whose discourses offer resistance and critique, insight and transparency, into the prevailing inequalities and injustices that divide and oppress their communities. Social Justice Art is a beautifully composed work of witness and wisdom, a practical and inspiring guide for practitioners, and an advance in theory and methodological innovation for researchers. — Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot, Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education, Harvard University, and author of The Essential Conversation

This book is a fantastic contribution to the growing body of social justice arts education literature, rich with examples of curriculum, pedagogical tips, and wonderful student art. Marit Dewhurst shows how the justice-seeking energy of young artists can be shaped for personal development and public good. — Therese Quinn, associate professor of art history and director of museum and exhibition studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Marit Dewhurst's new book provides an excellent introduction to the world of activist art education—an arena in which students experience their potential as agents of change and social justice. A must-read for any educator who strives to awaken social responsibility and empower individual voices. — Jessica Hoffmann Davis, author of Why Our Schools Need the Arts

This is a valuable resource to awaken social responsibility and encourage creative, individual voices within the classroom. — SVN, Green Teacher

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About the Author

Marit Dewhurst is the director of art education and an assistant professor in art and museum education at The City College of New York. Prior to these roles, she founded and coordinated In the Making, The Museum of Modern Art’s free studio arts program for teens.

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