Loring Resler is an instructor in the MAT program at Maryland Institute College of Art, having come to MICA from The Ohio State University, where she is completing her doctoral studies.
Loring has taught art, art education and arts integration on a variety of levels: seven years of K-12 art in public schools; three years on the collegiate level at OSU, teaching Art and Curriculum Concepts for Elementary Educators and Intercultural Communication through Ethnic Arts, and one year supervising student teachers; two years of teaching GED essay test preparation at a local settlement house; one year of collecting stories and teaching digital storytelling at a neighborhood youth center; and two years as a museum educator. In all of these situations she found that an education in art serves as a catalyst for meaning-making towards self awareness, while also fostering a sense of agency and responsibility and thereby providing the tools to make a difference in the world.
Loring has presented at many conferences and co-authored the book chapter "Sidewalk Encounters: Re-Envisioning ‘Problem' Neighborhoods" in Art Education for Social Justice (2010). She has co-created, facilitated and managed several community-based arts initiatives, including that of a community mural for the Obama campaign in the Weinland Park/Short North neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio; a digital storytelling project and the documentation of oral histories at a youth center in Columbus, Ohio; and an after school arts initiative at an early childhood development center in Columbus, Ohio. She regularly volunteers teaching bookmaking in community houses and in after school programs, and has been a volunteer in a variety of capacities for many years in community radio.
Her interests include community arts and community radio; participatory action research; service learning; spirituality, as praxis in addressing social justice; creativity, as a tool in transformation; storytelling, and ceramics.