09-08 The Arts as Folklorist’s Muse: Educating a Child of Conscience

Saturday, November 04, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Forum Suite

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the Local Learning

Chair: Suzanne (Suzy) Seriff (University of Texas at Austin)

Forum participants:

Linda Deafenbaugh (Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures School)

Amy C. Evans ()

Turry M. Flucker (Terra Foundation for American Art )

Suzanne (Suzy) Seriff (University of Texas at Austin)

This forum explores the formative value of a K-12 public education rooted in the arts as an effective way to build community, foster diversity, encourage cross-cultural conversations, honor the wisdom of our elders, think outside the box, and catalyze critical inquiry. Forum participants are public folklorists and/or arts professionals. We examine our pivotal experiences as students schooled in visual/performing arts centered public education programs, and as teachers seeking to create similarly formative learning experiences in traditional/community arts centered public schools. Our work, like all living things, grows out of this personal and professional ecosystem rooted in the arts.