The Field Of Art And Art Education Essay

1217 Words Dec 14th, 2014 5 Pages
Questions Addressed:
How are marginalized populations not afforded equal opportunities for success within the field of art and art education? How does emphasis placed on early-life course development neglect late stage? What does it mean to be creative later in life? How are current models and tests of creativity inadequate in assessing older adults? How can art practice be a vehicle for coping with and adapting to these age related losses in physical, mental, material, and social assets?

The President 's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities released a report in 2011 that built a case for directing educational policies toward redressing longstanding inequities in arts education. The report argued that "students in schools that are most challenged and serving the highest need student populations often have the fewest arts opportunities" (President 's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, 2011, p. 32). Educational research presents unequal opportunities for many who come from low-income circumstances, individuals with disabilities, the elderly, or members of underrepresented racial or ethnic minorities, refugees, and incarcerated prisoners. The creative abilities and achievements of those who come from these demographics are not talked about, and therefore appear to not have value or potential for success within visual arts education. Paucity of research into the creative abilities of underrepresented and underserved populations is indicative that many people coming…

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