Caribbean culture is such a large part of New York City but is still under-represented––Lucia Hierro recites her path to becoming an artist. From investigating the cultural histories not readily available in the ivy league arts education, to vindicating a career in the arts to her family, Hierro has always used imagery to bridge the gap.
“One of my big teaching objectives is to give as much control over decisions to my students as I can, ” says Art21 Educator Alisa Rodny of her approach in the classroom. In this article, Rodny shares anecdotes of two students who drew inspiration from their recent immigration from Cape Verde, using mixed media and mural art techniques in their creative expression.
Educator Joe Fusaro folds Season 9 of Art in the Twenty-First Century into this year’s curriculum. Using Creative Growth Art Center, Olafur Elliason and Robin Rhode as examples, Fusaro cites how these artists and organizations force students to think critically about how the arts can demystify stereotypes and contribute to social change. Our newest feature of “Teaching with Contemporary Art.”