Invoking the Microcosm: Building Global Artists and Audiences of the Future

By Charlotte Collins, Sandra Bird and Lin A. Hightower.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This presentation offers a multi-faceted approach towards awareness of and tolerance for our differences and commonalities through the Arts in Society humanities courses for non-art majors and foundation courses in art and art education. In order to accept personal responsibility for social issues, students must be experientially engaged. It is vital to connect ideas to context through active responses that are aesthetic in nature. Students need to have the opportunity to practice what we preach: critical, creative avenues for promoting ethics, diversity and a global perspective. The visual arts draw us into the interpretive act, which honors and showcases multiple viewpoints. One common curricular mission is to teach students creative problem solving skills and a global perspective on the evolving world community. How do we instill a sense of responsibility in these diverse students at the beginning of their academic career? Our panel will focus on exemplary lesson plans designed to impact student lives, and ultimately their audiences as well.
In our colloquium we propose a panel discussion on a multi-faceted approach towards global awareness and sense of responsibility. Our panel will present exemplary projects for both non-art majors (future audiences) and art majors (future artists as well as art educators). Following this, we will facilitate an exchange of insights and interpretive responses for promoting the experience of diversity within the classroom, with an eye towards cross-disciplinary efforts.

Keywords: Experiential, Microcosm, Global, Art Foundations, Arts Audience, Humanities, Interdisciplinary, Art Appreciation, Citizenry, Art Education, Social Change, Bayou Liberty, Turkey, Holocaust

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 7, pp.87-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.828MB).

Prof. Charlotte Collins

Associate Professor of Art, College of The Arts Core Coordinator, Department of Visual Arts, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

Professor Collins has taught art for all age levels including K-12 and Higher Ed. (College and University) since 1978. She has served as the College Of The Arts Core Coordinator for the Department of Visual Arts at Kennesaw State University since 2002. As a member of the General Education Council, she is in charge of the curriculum for the Arts in Society: Visual Arts courses for the university. She also currently serves on the F.A.T.E. curriculum guidelines committee for arts foundation courses, and helps plan curriculum for 2-D Design courses. Her Teaching Lessons can be found in the McGraw-Hill On-Line Learning Site that supplements Getlein's Living With Art textbook.

Dr. Sandra Bird

Associate Professor, Art Education, Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA

Dr. Bird has served many roles at the Kennesaw State University Department of Visual Arts since the fall of 1999. She began as Coordinator of Art Education (fall 1999- spring 2002) and later became Acting Chair of the Department of Visual Arts in the 2002-03 academic year. Bird has lead several service learning initiatives within the art education area, one of which is highlighted through an art education syllabus posted on the Campus Compact website( She is an active faculty sponsor for the Kennesaw State University Muslim Student Association and the Intercultural Dialogue and Empathy Association. Bird has presented on topics related to cross-cultural aesthetics and curriculum at international, national and regional venues.

Dr. Lin A. Hightower

Department Chair and Full Professor, Art Education, Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA

Dr. Linda Hightower is the chair and professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Hightower holds a Master of Fine Arts in studio art from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA and an Art Education doctorate from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. She previously served as Associate Director of the School of Art and Design and School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and also has served as chair of the art departments at Mississippi State University and Shorter College. She has taught studio, art history and other higher art education courses in undergraduate and graduate courses. An artist and a teacher, her work appears in eighteen collections throughout the south, Washington, D.C., New York and Europe. She has also founded and managed private and nonprofit art galleries. Dr. Hightower has traveled extensively throughout the US and abroad.


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