This Critical Toolkit was created in response to the class Contemporary Art and Critical Pedagogy: Issues in Identity, Race, and Multiculturalism instructed by Dipti Desai and Jessica Hamlin, through New York University's Art + Education program. Much of the work presented on this blog is taken from class discussions, slideshows, and activities. Other information presented here is derived from various scholarly articles, online resources, and practicing contemporary artists. All of this information provides light on instructing a critical multicultural classroom, through theories of identity, class, gender, sexuality, and deconstructing race and racism. Most information primarily provides support for instructing K-12 art classrooms.
These resources were taken from class discussions, slideshows, activities, as well as guest speakers. All of this information gives background to concepts surrounding critical multicultural education, and is divided into the categories, Storytelling, Critical Race Theory, Inequality, Critical Multicultural Education & Anti-Racist Education, Representation, and Teaching Strategies. I plan to source many of these concepts from this page and implement ideas in classes, such as storytelling, CRT, resources on zine-making, and false representation.
This section has information from scholarly articles and books. The authors provide a combination of theories and practices of teaching critical multicultural education. This information summarizes many individual concepts found in these articles. This section can be referenced for inspiration on how to handle conversations about identity, race and racism in the classroom. It provides reason for critical multicultural education. Lastly, it recommends classroom activities that tackle issues of identity, race and multiculturalism.
This section provides artworks, primarily created by contemporary artists, that dissect issues of identity, race and multiculturalism in their works. This is a vast resource of artworks that can be shown in K-12 art classrooms when discussing issues of race or identity. Because these are mostly contemporary artworks, they are extremely relevant to society's current cultural climate, and can be used as tools to deconstruct racism and inspire students to create their own works as change agents. This resource provides ideas for implementing artists and artworks in an art classroom. Once I select an artist, I would then further research their projects.
This section is dedicated to teaching strategies, which were taken from class activities and projects, and derived from readings and guest speakers. Even though many of these strategies were designed for post-secondary schooling, many of these activities can be scaffolded to fit a K-12 classroom. This resource can be referenced when in need of an art project, brainstorming activity or discussion prompt.
This section provides a plethora of website links that can referenced in planning or used in the classroom. Many of these links are artist websites, whose work is relevant to show when discussing race or identity. Other links are videos or documentaries of artists and their projects. Furthermore, some links are articles that are helpful to understand current notions of race and identity and may provide insight for teaching techniques.