African American artists have played a monumental role in the evolution of American culture. Mainstream artists from Picasso to Martha Graham to The Rolling Stones have dipped into the wellsprings and drawn inspiration from the creative expressions of African Americans throughout the nation's history. In informal but profound ways, they have been models and mentors, exerting tremendous leadership in the arts but have had little influence over the formal study of their knowledge in schools.
As the twelve teachers' stories unfold, they share their hearts generously and speak their minds frankly, offering kaleidoscopic glimpses into their biographies. They talk about the various paths that led them to become artists and teachers, honoring special people and incidents that have aided them along the way. They identify some of the ways they became politicized, aware, or even positioned in social and political terms, giving names to forces that have shaped their views on social group membership. These are the stories we need to hear. Their voices resonate powerfully, presenting a rare opportunity to be moved and changed.
Much more than merely an objectivelook at African Americans and the arts, Navigators b as alive and vibrant as the music, art, and dance it describes. Jenoure includes profiles and riffs to serve as bridges between the chapters. The profiles offer closer looks at four of the teachers; and the riffs, much like highly creative jazz compositions f which the word is borrowed, are interjected between the chapters, helping to merge fact with fiction.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series, The Social Context of Education Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Theresa Jenoure is the Director of Augusta Savage Gallery and the Coordinating Director of Multicultural Programs at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also teaches at the university and at the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Creative Arts in Learning Program at Lesley College.
Table of Contents
Foreword by John Bracey
The Author's Story
Understanding the Voices of Artists/Teachers
The Navigators: Twelve Teachers
To Be Free and to Fly: Artistic Influences
A Pathway to the Garden
This Far by Faith: Sociopolitical Influences
With a Map and a Compass
Toward Creation Pedagogy
Sweeping the Temple
Who Built the Ark? Conditions at Schools
A View From the Hilltop
Faith and Vision
Creation Pedagogy: A Proposal for More Imaginative and Culturally Responsive Education