The College of Visual Arts and Design and the Onstead Institute at the University of North Texas present the 2044 Series: Anti-racist Praxis as Futurist Art and Design Pedagogy

2044 SeriesThe 2044 Series: Anti-racist Praxis as Futurist Art and Design Pedagogy is a virtual panel series that will explore the frameworks of anti-racism, critical race theory and futurist praxis as methods of pedagogy in the fields of art and design.

The 2021 panel discussions will highlight themes that challenge antiblack racism and cultural bias in the visual arts. The series is co-led by CVAD faculty Kathy Brown, Ph.D., assistant professor, Art Education, and Lauren Cross, Ph.D., assistant professor, Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies, and will highlight national, regional, and local scholars, cultural workers, artists, and designers whose work embodies transformative anti-racist pedagogy and practice.

The series title comes from Bennett Capers' “Afrofuturism, Critical Race Theory and Policing in the year 2044,” which imagines Afrofuturism and critical race theory as frameworks to understand how policing might be envisioned during a time in the future — the year 2044 — when the United States is projected to be a “majority-minority” country.

As scholars of color at a minority-serving institution, the 2044 series creators aim to examine what it means to teach art and design in the present and in the world of the future that is more diverse and more equitable. In this way, the 2044 series considers the work inside the academy and in classrooms as political sites (or ruptures) and institutions of transformation to be ripe for inquiry.

Spring 2021 Event Days • Feb. 12, March 12 and April 9

The 2044 series were hosted live on Zoom webinars for approximately 90 minutes. The panel series is free and open to the public.

Anti-racist Pedagogy in Art Education: K-12/Higher Education
Feb. 12, 2021 recorded session

Anti-racist Pedagogy in Design
March 12, 2021 recorded session

Anti-racist Pedagogy in Art and Museums
April 9, 2021 recorded session

Spring 2021 Speakers

Topic: Anti-racist Pedagogy in Art Education: K-12/Higher Education

Joni Boyd Acuff, head and shoulders color portrait

Joni Boyd Acuff, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

James Haywood Rolling Jr., head and shoulders color portrait

James Haywood Rolling Jr., Ed.D.
Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

Topic: Anti-racist Pedagogy in Design

Tameka Ellington, head and shoulders portrait

Tameka Ellington, Ph.D., associate professor of design, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Cheryl D. Holmes Miller, head and shoulders portrait

Cheryl D. Holmes Miller, independent design scholar, Stamford, Conn., and distinguished senior lecturer in design, University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Terresa Moses, head and shoulders portrait

Terresa Moses, (UNT alumna: '08, BFA, Fashion Design) MFA, Ph.D. candidate, and assistant professor of graphic design, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.

Topic: Anti-racist Pedagogy in Art and Museums

April 9, 2021 | View the recorded session.

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham

Stephanie A. Johnson-Cunningham, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Museum Hue

Kelli Morgan, head and shoulders portrait

Kelli Morgan, Ph.D., Independent Curator, Atlanta, Ga.


Host Sponsor: UNT Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design

UNT College of Education, Department of Teacher Education and Administration

UNT College of Information

UNT College of Visual Arts and Design
• Office of the Dean
• Department of Art Education
• Department of Art History
• Department of Design
• Department of Studio Art
• Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Program

Additional Thanks, Credits


Drawing of a man throwing back his head, black and white drawing by Augustine Uzor

Augustine Uzor painting in his studio

Augustine Uzor, 2021, M.F.A., Studio Art: Drawing and Painting


Event Directors

Feb. 4, 2021: Read the D Magazine article, Anti-racist Pedagogy in Art: A UNT Speaker Series Provides a Vision for the Future, by Kathy Wise.

Kathy Brown, PhD, head and shoulders portrait

Kathy Brown, Ph.D., CVAD assistant professor, Art Education

Lauren Cross, head and shoulders portrait

Lauren Cross, Ph.D., CVAD assistant professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Design Studies


Augustine Uzor, CVAD MFA student: Studio Art: Drawing and Painting, Instagram:

Graphic Design

Eric Ligon, CVAD associate dean, Administrative Affairs, Office of the Dean, and Distinguished University Professor, communication design, Department of Design




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