C · A · R · E

The 83nd Annual Kutztown University Art Education Conference
Friday, November 19, 2021  |  Schaeffer Auditorium

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In what ways does care and caring reside in our schools and art settings?

How might the cultivation of caring and empathy start with us?

What could we do, say, and offer in challenging situations that call for care?

In what ways might art practices relate to and support us as

Compassionate • Aware • Responsive • Empathetic?

The 83nd Annual Art Education Conference will support artists and educators who want to consider how we might employ care to and for others through therapeutic practices in art, social emotional learning, restorative practices, and safe places. Caring in, with, and through the arts can be intentional, planned, purposeful, and foundational.

“If caring matters as much as we think it does, it has to be something much more than a bundle of strong feelings. It has to be a way of being” (Danford & Smith, 2005, p. 95). 

“We should want more from our educational efforts than adequate academic achievement and…we will not achieve even that meager success unless our children believe that they themselves are cared for and learn to care for others (Noddings, 1995, p. 675).

 Danforth, S. & Smith, T. J. (2005). Engaging troubling students: A constructivist approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press

Noddings, N. (1995). Philosophy of education. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.