The Blind Educators and the Elephant: REACHing an Understanding of Folklore and Education in a Multi-Year, Multi-Partner Arts Integration Project

Betty J. Belanus (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)

What role should, or could, folklorists have in a multi-year, multi-partner, multi-million dollar project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, with the lofty goal of “building a National Arts Learning Laboratory to strengthen the fiber of arts learning nationally and harness the effectiveness of arts integration as a catalyst for increasing student engagement and achievement”? This paper reports on the potentially impactful involvement of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in this large and ambitious project.

Part of 03-06 Seeds for New Worlds and Racially-just Futures: The Shared Roots of Folklore, Education, and the Arts, Thursday, November 02, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm