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    We’re Still Here

    Community-Based Art, the Scene of Education, and the Formation of Scene

    CHARLES KIM and NOBUKO MIYAMOTO
    In this cross-generational dialogue, authors Charles Kim and Nobuko Miyamoto engage in a creative exploration of community-based art, contemporary Asian American identity, and the possibilities of creativity within educational spaces. Using the ideas of John Dewey as a foundation, Kim and Miyamoto offer their dialogues, experiences, and analyses as a window into the processes of creating, making an argument for the need for education to return to the context of communities, and sharing a hope that art will “reclaim its place in the everyday lives of ordinary people.”

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    Charles Kim is a thinker, producer, and connector. He is currently the music department coordinator of A Place Called Home, a community center serving more than four hundred children daily in South Central Los Angeles, providing professional music education and resources through a partnership with the Berklee College of Music. When designing music programs, his research explores the formation of transformative aesthetics, particularly as it relates to cultivating the creative visions, social agency, and artistic expression of children living in violent neighborhoods. As a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he has written extensively on the subject of community formation, the limits of creativity, and the ethics of nonviolence. His great love is producing, composing, and playing music, with his most recent production, “Home:Word,” hitting number two on iTunes Japan. Charles believes that the purpose of music—or art in general—is simply to bring people together.

    Nobuko Miyamoto is founder and artistic director of Great Leap (www.greatleap?.org), an arts organization that, since 1978, has been at the forefront of creating a cultural voice for Asian Americans and engaging diverse communities in the artistic process to deepen cross-cultural understanding. Originally a dancer on Broadway and in films such as Flower Drum Song and West Side Story, Nobuko’s involvement as an activist in social movements of the 1970s led her to find her own voice as a singer-songwriter. With Chris Iijima and Charlie Chin, she created the seminal Asian American album A Grain of Sand, now part of the Smithsonian Collection. Great Leap expanded her work into music and theater productions for the stage; she has collaborated with a host of artists exploring the intersections of cultures and faiths. Her recent work, Eco Vids, a series of environmental music videos, focuses on climate change. Nobuko has been recognized with the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award and with the California Arts Council Director’s Award for her contribution to the arts in California.
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    Spring 2013 Issue

    Abstracts

    Foreword: Exploding Parameters and an Expanded Embrace
    A Proposal for the Arts in Education in the Twenty-First Century
    STEVE SEIDEL
    Editors’ Introduction
    Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education
    Edward P. Clapp and Laura A. Edwards
    Expanding Our “Frames” of Mind for Education and the Arts
    JENNIFER S. GROFF
    Expanding Our Vision of Museum Education and Perception
    An Analysis of Three Case Studies of Independent Blind Arts Learners
    SIMON HAYHOE
    Universal Design for Learning and the Arts
    Don Glass, Anne Meyer, and David H. Rose
    Graphica
    Comics Arts-Based Educational Research
    STEPHANIE JONES AND JAMES F. WOGLOM
    Why the Arts Don’t Do Anything
    Toward a New Vision for Cultural Production in Education
    RUBEN A. GAZTAMBIDE-FERNANDEZ
    Afterword: The Turning of the Leaves
    Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education
    MAXINE GREENE

    Book Notes

    The Learner-Directed Classroom
    Diane B. Jaquith and Nan E. Hathaway (Editors)

    Critical Aesthetic Pedagogy
    Yolanda Medina

    Hip Hop Genius
    Sam Seidel

    Design and Thinking
    Mu-Ming Tsai (Director)

    Changing Lives
    Tricia Tunstall

    Art Education Beyond the Classroom
    Alice Wexler (Editor)