Art for Social Change

| April 11, 2011

I’ll admit it, I failed miserably at imparting my enthusiasm for art in my classroom.  I truly hated that about myself as a teacher.  If only I knew what I know now, I would have read more books about art in the classroom, asked people more questions, and made more time so that my students would have realized that art goes far beyond drawing and labeling cell parts.

Recent experiences have  reignited my desire to learn more about using art as a vehicle for self-expression in the classroom, particularly on ways to use it to encourage social change.  As a reminder to myself, and perhaps as a super-beginner’s resource for others, I’ve compiled a few sites and books below that might encourage some exploration.


THE TRIBES PROJECT is dedicated to multicultural perspectives and representation through the performing arts. We produce evocative original works and adaptations as forums for the open discussion of race, culture, and issues of the human condition.

The City Kids Foundation: We believe if you bring young people together from different racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds and challenge them to develop their own solutions, they will respond with energy, imagination, commitment and action.

Click here for books about Art and Activism at TC

If anyone knows about any additional suggestions or great books on this topic, I’d appreciate hearing from you!