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Contemporary Art for Middle Schoolers
Bridging the time between being a young child and teenager is a fraught rite of passage. Consider how contemporary artists and their work can be used with middle school students to encourage their personal identity and self-expression. Learn best practices, successful lessons, and suggested content from teachers already using contemporary art to respond to the needs of their middle schoolers. Join the conversation during the next webinar moderated by Davis Publications and Art21.

Dec 9, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Amber Arnold and Joe Fusaro
Amber Arnold and Joe Fusaro are two of our four panelists for this discussion. Amber is an art educator and Fine Arts instructional coach in Atlanta, Georgia. She has earned a BFA and a MAEd from the University of Georgia and an EdS from Piedmont College, all in Art Education. She is passionate about continual learning and professional development as well as teaching students of all ages. She hopes to help her students be creative thinkers. In addition to her Curriculum & Instruction work, Amber teaches at the local community arts center. Joe is the Senior Education Advisor for Art21, producers of the award-winning PBS series, Art in the Twenty-First Century. At Art21, in addition to his work writing the education resources available for teachers, he has also helped shape the popular Art21 Educators program. Joe is an exhibiting artist and serves as the Visual Arts Department Chair for the Nyack Public Schools as well as adjunct professor for New York University’s Graduate Program in A
Jennifer Bockerman and Alex Mendez
Jennifer Bockerman and Alex Mendez will also join us as panelists for this discussion. Jennifer is an educator, artist, and researcher resides in Lincoln, Nebraska who has taught K-12 and university art courses. Bockerman is passionate about facilitating connection-making and meaning-making through integrated curriculum, which is relevant to students' lives and interests. She uses contemporary art as an entry point for all students to engage in conversations about personal, social, and global topics. Alex is an artist and educator who teaches pre-K through eighth grade art in a bilingual and bi-cultural school in Chicago Public Schools. He has taught art for twenty years.