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MICA, NAEA Present Educator Conference About New Directions in African American Art, Nov. 11–14

The College’s Landmark Transformations Conference in 2009 Serves as Inspiration

Posted 07.30.10 by Center for Race & Culture

Transformations: New Directions in Black Art

BALTIMORE -- MICA's Center for Race and Culture (CRC) will host THINK TANK-2010 and Beyond: New Directions in African American Art - Transformative Aesthetic Curriculum Design, Thursday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 14 in MICA's Falvey Hall, located in the Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. THINK TANK is a thought leadership conference for higher education and K-12 educators with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches. It is part of an initiative sponsored by the MICA's CRC in conjunction with the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Issues Group, Committee on Multiethnic Concerns.

The THINK TANK event-inspired by MICA's recent landmark conference, Transformations: New Directions in Black Art, in October 2009-will explore in-depth new directions in the field of African-American art and aesthetics, especially topics related to curriculum design that directly impacts K-12 art education programs. The core topics from the Transformations conference, which set the stage for current discussions, include relationships to the community, digital technological approaches to artistic production as they impact this community, contributions from the vanguard of MacArthur scholars and a vision for critical thinking.

The keynote speaker will be Vesta A.H. Daniel, Ed.D., professor in the Department of Art Education at the Ohio State University, who has worked in the fields of culturally and ethnically diverse curriculum development and infusion; issues of difference; community-based art education and service-learning for more than 20 years.

Transformations: New Directions in Black ArtPresenters include painter, printmaker, installation artist, lecturer and curator Berrisford Boothe '86; MICA faculty member, new media artist and scholar Mina Cheon '99, Ph.D., M.F.A.; MacArthur "genius grant" Fellow, artist, curator and professor Dr. Deborah Willis H'06 (pictured); video, film, photography, writing and digital media artist Philip Mallory Jones; art educator and political artist Brett Cook-Dizney; and award-winning photographer, educator and lecturer Stephen Marc, who will also participate in MICA's special exhibition The Narcissism of Minor Differences this December.

"THINK TANK is designed to address the question of imagination, innovation, invention and resourcefulness during a time in our history when everyone is under tremendous economic stress," said Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, MICA's founding director of the CRC and graduate dean emerita. "In-depth examination of transformative aesthetic curriculum design is key to encouraging the formation of effective learning communities for our next generation of American artists." King-Hammond was also the program director of the Transformations conference, which was presented with the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University.

The Center for Race and Culture, launched in October 2008, researches and investigates the dynamics of race and culture in relation to visual art traditions and practices. One of the center's stated goals is to prepare students for leadership roles in the regional, national and international art world. The center is a site where scholars, doctoral candidates, artists, critics, musicians, actors and historians can research or create events, exhibitions, projects or performances that focus on the aesthetic dynamics of race and culture with the intent to break down racial barriers and build bridges of cultural understanding and productive relationships. MICA is the first school of its kind to create a research center dedicated to the study of race and culture in the arts.

Photo captions: Transformations: New Directions in Black Art, photos by Al Heishman '09 and Christopher Myers '94.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.