Onstead Institute collaborates with Lewisville ISD, provides Diversity in the Art Classroom Workshop

Pencil rubbing on kozo paper of a woman in profileJuly 21, 2020 — The Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design provided professional development content for 60 art teachers in the Lewisville Independent School District.

The workshop led by Kate Wurtzel, a doctoral candidate in the CVAD Department of Art Education, was the institute's first instance of online instruction and its first collaboration with LISD's Fine Arts Department, said Peter Hyland, institute director. 

The presentation, Diversity in the Art Classroom, was a discursive and hands-on workshop focused on issues of equity, diversity, and representation in the art curriculum. Participants looked at contemporary African American artists Kenturah Davis and Evita Tezeno and discussed ways to explore diverse cultures and experiences and integrate them into daily teaching practices.

The institute intends to expand its virtual offerings in the coming months to meet the needs of school districts as they cope with the COVID-19 crisis. 

  1. Another workshop in early August is planned and will focus on creating artistic responses to the pandemic, Hyland said. The institute recently received a $22,000 grant from the Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust in part to expand virtual offerings for professional development in the 2020-2021 school year.

Image: Photo of Limen II by Kenturah Davis; hand-imprinted text, pencil rubbing on Kozo paper; handmade Shifu (paper weaving) drawing, in artist frame, 38 x 38 inches

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