Teaching Art in Nicaragua: Art as Cross-cultural Learning Tool to Address Social and Cultural Disparities

By SeungYeon Lee.

Published by The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review

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A central role of the art educator is to include community service learning as a part of art education as a powerful teaching and learning tool to prepare students to engage as global citizens. The growing understanding of the power of social service learning art projects to transcend cultures and bridge social and economic gaps has led some art teachers to embrace art instruction as a vehicle for social action in their curriculum. Along this background, this article considers the roles of art as a cross-cultural intervention tool addressing social and cultural disparities while working with at-risk children in Nicaragua. A group of U.S. graduate art students traveled to Leon in Nicaragua and designed and implemented art projects for at-risk children and youth in disenfranchised communities in collaboration with local school teachers and community leaders. This international service learning art project fostered social advocacy and multicultural sensitivity among the students, helping them to reflect on their experiences and apply their revised concept of civic engagement in their daily lives

Keywords: Cultural Competence, Multicultural Education, Service Learning, Social Action

The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 11, 2016, pp.19-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: May 26, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 774.763KB)).

Dr. SeungYeon Lee

Assistant Professor, School of Visual and Performing Art, Long Island University, Glen Cove, New York, USA