Importing Arts Activism and the Culture of Dissent into the Classroom

By Karen Frostig.

Published by The Arts Collection

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As a transnational arts activist working in the public realm, the author was recently invited to develop a new course, “Arts Activism,” for graduate art students working in the service industries. The course was timely, coinciding with a rising global recession and an intractable array of social and political issues. Countering this trend was a rush toward global interconnectivity fostered, in part, by the Internet and the social media movement. These converging elements informed the contours of the course. “Importing Arts Activism and the Culture of Dissent into the Classroom” delivers a probing analysis regarding the deployment of arts activist tactics into educational environments.

Keywords: Art. Activism, Dissent, Education

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.193-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 659.872KB).

Dr. Karen Frostig

Associate Professor (Lesley) and Visiting Scholar (Brandeis), Creative Arts and Learning (Lesley), Women Studies Research Center (Brandeis), Lesley University and Brandeis University, Newton, MA, USA

Karen Frostig is an Associate Professor at Lesley University and Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She works as a conceptual interdisciplinary artist engaged in international activist projects dealing with traumatic memory and new forms of testimony. She exhibits her work across the US, and in Europe and the Middle East. Her latest project “Erinnerung aus dem Exil/Exiled Memories” is permanently installed at the University of Vienna’s Institute for the Philosophy of Law. She lectures internationally and has published a series of books and journal essays about a variety of topics including visual art, critical theory, Holocaust history, feminism, and new pedagogies in community arts education. Book publications include: co-editor of Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women and Feminism (2007, 2009); co-author of Expressive Arts Therapies in Schools (1998), translated into Korean (2007); and author of two new chapters “Transnational Dialogues Dealing with Holocaust Legacies” in GLOBALIZATION, Art & Education (2009); and “Data as Memory and Memory as Data” in Digital Memories: Exploring Critical Issues (2009). She is also a recipient of several fellowships and awards. Holding dual citizenship with Austria, current projects include international memorial development that integrates collective memory with participatory practice.


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