I recently served as chair and program coordinator for the 2018 Art and Education for Social Justice Symposium!

This event was co-hosted by the Florida State University’s Department of Art Education and College of Fine Arts, and the University of Georgia’s  Lamar Dodd School of Art and Center for Human Rights and Social Justice – School of Social Work.

We were excited to host 37 presentations from researchers and practitioners from all regions of the US, who led productive conversations around how to support social justice work within the field of art education.

Our keynote speak Dr. Amber Johnson kicked off the even with a presentation on radical forgiveness as the key to developing inclusive practices. We were inspired to hear about their project, The Justice Fleet.

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I presented alongside a couple of teen project participants and graduate assistant Alex Allen, in a presentation titled,Through the viewfinder: Problematizing concepts of voice and agency with teen filmmakers.

The event concluded with round-table dialogue sessions where attendees commented on the main conclusions from the event, and imagined strategies for the next encounter in 2020. Overall it was a busy and productive couple of days!

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