In a rapidly diversifying world, it is essential for educators to create inclusive and culturally aware learning environments that resonate with the experiences and backgrounds of all students. This workshop aims to equip educators and instructors and enthusiasts with the tools, strategies and insights to foster an environment where creativity flourishes and cultural understanding thrives.
Featured presenters include:
Flavia Zuñiga-West is a west coast based art educator, advocate and artist on Tongva land ( Los Angeles). She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting and earned a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the Museum Studies at New York University. She currently works in the Visual Arts Department at Harvard-Westlake Middle School. Flavia is an arts educator, curator, professional development facilitator and founder of the nationally renowned Adding Voices Conference and Symposiums.She currently serves on the CAEA ED+I Commissioner for the California Art Education Association. Flavia is the recipient of the 2022 National Art Education Association’s Committee of Multiethnic Affairs In Service Teacher Award and the 2022 National Art Education Association’s Independent School Art Teacher of the Year Award.Flavia specializes in centering Black & Brown narratives in art education & art organizations. She uses joy and liberatory practices to engage in visual critical analysis of identity, social justice, and anti-racism.
For more information about Flavia please visit her website.
Heather Hope Kuruvilla is a museum professional who teaches in the area of arts administration in the master’s programs at Kutztown University (program coordinator and instructor) and University of Kentucky (adjunct assistant professor). Through her teaching and research, and her work with the nonprofit Agate Creatives, Kuruvilla actively challenges what a museum can and should be in the 21st century, specifically what role our cultural organizations play in communities and what they can mean to individuals. Kuruvilla’s work prioritizes anti-racism, equity and justice, and non-hierarchical leadership to redistribute the inherent power structures present in arts and nonprofit forms. The second edition of her book, A Legal Dictionary for Museum Professionals, is available from Rowman & Littlefield.
For more information about Heather please visit her website.
Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder is a Professor of Art Education at Kutztown University and is the Coordinator of the Masters of Art Education Graduate program. She earned her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning: Art from the University of Iowa. She has 20 years of experience in art education settings working with learners from Pre-K--16 in a wide range of educational settings. Her research explores identity and representation, with keen attention to the impact of professional identity on views of the learners and curriculum design. Additionally, she collaborates with an Earth Scientist to explore transdisciplinary studies at the intersection of art and science.
Her research has been presented at regional, national and international conferences along with her work being published in books, and peer-reviewed journals. She is active in the National Art Education Association (NAEA), serving as the Higher Education Division Director. She served as the Higher Education Representative on the Research Commission from 2016-Spring 2020, and is the former Chair of the Professional Learning through Research Working Group under the Research Commission from 2013-2016. She served on the editorial review board of the journal, Art Education from 2014-2016 and currently serves as a reviewer for the International Journal of Education & the Arts. In 2017, she was the recipient of the PAEA Outstanding Higher Educator Award. Most recently she was the recipient of the National Art Education Foundation Grant titled: Socially Engaged Pedagogy: The Impact of Teacher Identity on Views of the Learner and Curriculum Development and The Faculty Research Award at Kutztown University.
LaToya Council is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Lehigh University. Her research interests are race, gender, and class; work and family; health and wellness. LaToya’s current book project focuses on heterosexual Black middle-class couples with children. In the book, LaToya explores marriage, work, family, and personal wellbeing. Other research projects LaToya is involved with focuses on Black middle and upper-middle-class women's incorporation of placemaking as a form of self-care. LaToya’s public scholarship includes writing children’s books that use intersectionality to discuss hard but necessary conversations for children. LaToya’s first book IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All is the first children’s book about intersectionality. LaToya’s second book, Love without Bounds: An IntersectionAllies Book About Families is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed IntersectionAllies.
Workshop offered in partnership with the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA)
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.