Collaboration, Tufts University Department of Education 2019



There is no more important thing than for individuals to be in community with others, constructively and with joy. Community is formed when a person connects in a positive way with others. Cultural practices are an important way that individuals make these connections. Visual art enables the artist to build a positive community with others.

Art education has four essential facets:

Equity - provide an inclusive,  safe and equitable community-building space for all.

Caring - practice authentic caring, which enables students to participate fully as themselves in community.

Strength - draw upon the strengths of each student to build a resilient and hopeful community.

Knowledge - learning to know and care for ourselves, each other and the world around us.


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