Art Education Professor Provides International Keynote Addresses
Kerry Freedman, Professor of Art+Design Education in the NIU School of Art, has recently returned from her second trip abroad this semester. Kerry was distinguished by being invited to provide addresses at two significant conferences this fall.
In Pamplona, Spain, Kerry was invited to present her paper “Art Outside of School: Youth Visual Culture Learning Communities.” This international symposium focused on youth culture and was titled Mapping and Assessing the Research about Young People as Visual Culture Producers. The conference focused on the emerging field of research about youth participatory culture, and Kerry spoke about her international project on youth visual culture learning communities.
In London, UK, Kerry provided the keynote address, entitled “Turning Art Education Outside In: How Institutional Change Can Support Contemporary Practice.“ This was at a conference on higher education schools of art titled Progressive Arts Education: Inclusion, Change, and Intervention, sponsored by the University of the Arts and held at the British Library. It focused on diversifying student populations in higher education arts programs. Kerry spoke about research (hers and others) on youth culture and the ways that we can draw on knowledge about youth arts experiences and activities outside of school to support students' entrance into art programs.