ERIC Number: ED467607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Rationale for Multicultural Art Education Focused on the Florida Model.
Why focus on art instead of on some other discipline to approach intercultural understanding? This paper argues that because art is about the spirit, the self, the soul, the things that people think are important, it should be the key choice. To lay the foundation for this argument, the paper addresses art as communication of core values and ideas. Art is aesthetically framed communication from one human being to another about things that count which implies that most often the aesthetic component in art serves as an extrinsic function beyond the decorative. It finds that one way to understand people is through their art. The goal of multicultural education in Florida is to prepare students to live, learn, communicate, and work to achieve common goals in a culturally diverse world by fostering understanding, appreciation, and respect for people of other ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, language, and cultural backgrounds. The paper identifies six instructional premises for multicultural arts education in Florida and outlines five instructional strategies for such education. It concludes that understanding a culture's ways through making and examining art works cross culturally may be a plank in the bridge of multicultural and intercultural art education and, in turn, may become a bridge of peace between peoples everywhere. (Contains 23 references.) (BT)
Descriptors: Art Education, Art Expression, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Intercultural Communication, Models, Multicultural Education, State Programs
Australian Institute of Art Education, C/Suite 125, 283 Glenhuntley Road, Eisternwick, VIC 3185, Australia.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Inst. of Art Education, Melbourne.
Identifiers - Location: Florida