The University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art and the School of Social Work recently hosted the 10th annual Art and Education for Social Justice Symposium, and representatives of Florida State University’s Department of Art Education played major roles in the symposium agenda. Presentations were given by FSU professors (Dr. Sara Scott Shields, Dr. Amber Ward, and Dr. Jeff Broome), graduate students (Danielle Henn, Stevie Newbold, Cindy Jesup), and alumna (Alyssia Ruggiero).
The symposium follows an interdisciplinary approach into how art and education can support social justice. The goals of this symposium were to include and amplify voices that are often on the margins of academia and to share the methodologies and results of practices that strive to have a direct public impact. The encounter focused on the guiding question: How are art and education inspiring, affecting, and promoting social change?
The symposium originated at Florida State University under the moniker “Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium” with the first 9 iterations of the event held at FSU’s campus in Tallahassee. Florida State’s Department of Art Education is proud to announce that they will host the event again in 2022.