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Understanding, Ideas, Information, Personal Learning Networks = Valuable Tools

By Laura & Matt Grundler, The Creativity Department, posted on Feb 24, 2021

This month we are excited to share a post from our partners The Creativity Department / K12ArtChat. You can also read this post directly from their website by using this link.

In addition to the resources listed below we invite you to check out the series of blog posts from Karl Cole, our curator of fine art images, on Curator’s Corner celebrating African American History Month.

Which Artists Are You Sharing with Your Students Right Now?

From The Creativity Department:

If you follow us on social media, you know that we are constantly reflecting on everything that happens in our lives. From instructional practices, to self-care, to parenting, we aim to cultivate this important dialogue through our podcast and professional learning network (PLN). What is a PLN you ask? Well, for us it’s the Creativity Department and K12ArtChat on Facebook, and #K12ArtChat on Twitter. But in general, it’s a network you can use to grow and learn.

Sometimes learning and reflecting takes getting real and opening up. This is hard work—but in the end it helps us grow, connect, and do better! This past year has brought forward so many challenges for us all. Now more than ever we must use our networks and platforms to bring forward issues of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. These are perfect vehicles to introduce our followers, colleagues, friends, and students to more artists and art educators who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Asian, Hispanic and Latinx. We must strive to inspire and be a truly inclusive community that supports arts education for everyone. With the Creativity Department and K12ArtChat we aim to provide a space for all creative people to share their talent, ideas, and work in a way that we can bring these voices into classrooms around the globe.

That being said, as you know, February is African American History Month. We’re excited to share some excellent conversations with talented educators during this month’s Twitter chats and podcasts. We invite you to listen and Tweet in as we discuss creating diversity through character development, emotional intelligence through visual storytelling, and dig into the mission of the folks from the Anti-Racists Art Educators as a follow up to the Twitter chat they hosted in August. We’d also love you to join our social media campaigns via (@creativitydept) on Twitter and Instagram to share BIPOC artists with fellow educators using #K12ArtChat and #BIPOCArtists.

Help us grow and focus! Tell us the important topics that should be explored, voices you’d like to learn from, artists you are sharing with your students, and how you celebrate equity, diversity, and inclusion in your classrooms and lives. Share your comments below! Together we can challenge inequities and encourage others to explore new ways of thinking and being through art.

Wishing you love and creativity,
Team Grundler