The Art Education program at City College of New York prepares students to be reflective artist-educators who can teach in multiple settings, including schools, community centers, museums, and alternative learning sites. Students gain a critical understanding of the social significance of art education as they develop the skills to actively contribute to the field through their creative and academic work.
Art education is contextual: Since art education takes place in multiple settings with diverse learners, students must understand how and when to use different approaches to engage their students
Teaching is a social, political, and cultural practice: To be an effective teacher requires active reflection and critical engagement with theory and practice.
Making art is empowering: Art education should encourage learners to actively engage with creating and analyzing works of art in ways that are personally relevant, empowering, and authentic.
Art can impact injustice: The act of making art can be a practice of critical social justice whereby artists impact conditions of inequality.
Effective educators are compelling advocates: To best serve our students, we must be articulate and informed advocates for the educational benefits of the arts.
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