Monday, March 16, 2020
5:00 PM EDT - 8:00 PM EDT
Bank Street College of Education
610 West 112th Street
New York, NY 10025
Inspired by Nikole Hannah-Jones’ 1619 Project essay, the BSCAA Social Justice Committee examines the language of art to promote social justice and educational equity in varied learning contexts. The program begins with an art experience followed by an interactive panel discussion focusing on visual art as an image-based language.
Art Viewing and Discussion: Proud to be American
We will begin with an interactive discussion of selected paintings from Proud to be American by Cape Cod artist Joseph Diggs. Baseball, service to country, Fourth of July, and the family bar Joe’s Twin Villa in Osterville provide the inspiration for Diggs’ artwork. Diggs locates his family’s place in U.S. history by critically examining his identity as a Black man descended from enslaved Africans and free Blacks in New England from Cape Verde. Bank Street College of Education Museum Education students will facilitate conversations using visual inquiry approaches to surface the multiple perspectives and meanings these paintings evoke.
Panel Discussion: Visual Inquiry: The Language of Art for Social Justice and Educational Equity
The evening’s panel discussion delves into the nuanced complexities of being all of who we are surfaced during the art exhibition to explore the possibilities of using visual inquiry and visual thinking strategies to create art and to experience art in cultural institutions, in educator preparation, and in the classroom. Each of our panelists will share their varied experiences across multiple learning contexts to make room for every voice and every story to be heard, valued, and included in the larger community of we.
Joseph Diggs, Artist
Mara Williams, Chief Curator, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Cathleen Wiggins, GSE ’92, Museum Education, Bank Street College of Education
Imani Parkinson, GSE ’17, Director of Art & Design, Harlem School of the Arts
Emily Connuck, GSE ’17, 2nd Grade Teacher, PS 230, Brooklyn
Nancy Cardwell, GSE ’88, Assistant Professor, The City College of New York
Founder and Chair, BSCAA Social Justice Committee
The BSCAA Social Justice Committee
The Social Justice Committee was formed by Bank Street Alumni in efforts to share interactive, practice-based lessons learned from the field with the Bank Street community. We engage in collective advocacy work in the world beyond Bank Street to promote educational equity and justice for every child/learner to establish a ‘community of we’ in a shared pursuit of equity and justice.
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