Promoting Respect for Diversity
Roland, Craig, School Arts
Integrating the Internet into your art curriculum can add a completely new dimension to learning about and from the art of other cultures. The Web offers unprecedented access to the work of countless artists from historically underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups. This global, inclusive reach enables students to study a much greater range of artists and visual forms of representation than ever before. When coupled with appropriate curriculum objectives and pedagogy, the Web can become a vital component of a collaborative-learning environment in which teacher and students are jointly engaged in inclusive, ongoing research exploring the commonality and diversity of art practices around the world. Here are ten valuable resources that offer starting points for such classroom investigations:
Cycles: African Life Through Art (www.ima-art.org/cycles) covers important themes in African art and life using a wide variety of media and works of art from the Indianapolis Museum of Art. If you're teaching a ceramics lesson, you might have your students visit the National Museum of African Art's Beautiful Bodies: Form and Decoration of African Pottery exhibition site (www.nmafa.si.edu/ exhibits/bb) where they can compare and contrast seven handbuilt clay vessels from nineteenth- and twentieth-century Africa. Older students can explore the Virtual Museum of Contemporary African Art (www.vmcaa.nl/vm), sponsored by the Dutch Africaserver Foundation, which focuses on contemporary African art.
Chicano Art and Culture
The Chicano Art Digital Image Collection (cemaweb.library.ucsb. edu/digitalArchives.html), sponsored by the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, contains over five hundred images of works of art by Mexican-American artists. Another interesting site that highlights Mexican-American artists and culture is CHICANO (www. …