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ERIC Number: EJ871976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Close to Home: Studying Art and Your Community
Villeneuve, Pat; Sheppard, Donald
Art Education, v62 n1 p6-13 Jan 2009
A local focus can give art educators a familiar basis to introduce and expand content. A community-inspired curriculum helps students realize that artists do not operate in a vacuum; rather, they are part of a social world in which art objects are created. In this article, the authors provide an overview of Community-Based Art Education (CBAE) literature, present a model for interdisciplinary study of the community, document one middle-school art teacher's first experiences with it, and make recommendations for practice. Although there are many interpretations of Community-Based Art Education, all advocate a closer connection between art education and communities. In this brief review, the authors delineate some of these approaches by presenting four "faces" of CBAE: (1) community as place ("Place Face"); (2) community as learning group ("Group Face"); (3) social good of the community ("Social Good Face"); and (4) community traditions and heritage ("Ethnographic Face"). All are members of the CBAE family and may stand alone or be used in combination in the classroom. (Contains 4 tables and 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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