Social Justice Art

Social Justice Art A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy

Marit Dewhurst
paper, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-736-1
Price: $28.00

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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 assistant professor of art and museum education at City College of New York (CCNY), where she also directs City Art Lab, a free afterschool art program for teens. She completed her doctorate in education from Harvard University with an emphasis on youth arts and social justice education. She has worked as an educator and a program coordinator in multiple settings both nationally and abroad, including community centers, museums, juvenile detention centers, and international development projects. Prior to joining the faculty at CCNY, she founded and coordinated In the Making, the Museum of Modern Art’s free studio arts program for teens. Publications include chapters in several books on art in social justice education and articles in Equity & Excellence in Education, Journal of Art Education, and Harvard Educational Review.

In addition, she has co-curated an exhibition on traditional art and HIV/AIDS education in South Africa and a youth photography exhibition highlighting her work with Photo Exchangers, a cross-cultural education project in Ghana. Her research and teaching interests include social justice education, community-based art, youth empowerment, and the role of the arts in community development both locally and abroad. She is currently the principal investigator and founding advisor of Museum Teen Summit, a youth-led research and advocacy group for museum teen programs in New York City.

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