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Art as culture.

Multicultural Education means different things to different people. To some, it raises the red flag of change, a concept not welcomed by all of us. For teachers in some other disciplines, the new emphasis on multiculturalism calls for the elimination of trusted and successful curriculum units, and the addition of learning activities that are unfamiliar and, perhaps, required by administrators attempting to be "politically correct." For most art teachers, however, multiculturalism is not a recent add-on. The arts of other cultures, reflecting artistic heritage and traditions of other people, along with different materials, skills, techniques and functions, have long expanded the value, vibrance and diversity of the art experience.

For art educators, the recent focus on the dynamics of other cultures has meant a wealth of new resources showcasing the arts and crafts of other individuals and groups. Suddenly, there are easily accessible posters, videos and slide sets to enrich our teaching as well as the minds and lives of our students. In fact, from our vantage point, we may need less urging into the area of multicultural learning than we need to be cautioned concerning the appropriate use of these rich teaching resources. This issue of SchoolArts includes many examples of art experiences in this important and sensitive area. Because the amount of space we can provide to each author sometimes precludes all steps in a lesson or curricular unit, readers should be aware of the need for sensitivity when using the art of another culture as a model or motivation. A reminder of this need is sensitively and skillfully presented in the accompanying guest editorial by Lorrie Pflaumer.


Congratulations to Dick Doornek, valued SchoolArts Consulting Editor, who will receive recognition at the NAEA convention in Chicago as the NAEA National Supervisor/Administrator of the Year. Along with other outstanding art educators and advisors whose names you might note on our masthead (p. 2), it's easy to see why SchoolArts is recognized as the outstanding art education periodical. To make SchoolArts even better, I encourage you to fill out the survey on page 55, to help us determine how you use computers and other technologies in your classroom. You can also help us to serve you better by filling out this month's Express Yourself card to identify the departments in the magazine that are of most interest and help to you.

And... April is the month when you begin to prepare for those final lessons of the school year. Please take time to look back at your recent successes or concerns, and consider combining words and photos into a SchoolArts article that will be of value to your teaching colleagues from coast to coast. If you would like a bit of help with your article, just send me a note requesting our writer's guidelines. Send to: Kent Anderson, 11298 Bridget Lane, Hales Corners, WI 53130. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Author:Anderson, Kent
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Apr 1, 1993
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