a2ru Connects: Teaching the Arts in an Era of Closed Studios

Apr 22, 2020

Around the world, our colleagues are talking about the implications of the forced rapid transition to teaching and learning online. Building on these conversations, a2ru would like to discuss how the move to mass online teaching and learning during COVID-19 has specifically affected the studio arts in higher education. What are practical ways art educators can react nimbly, adapt, and use this moment to improve their pedagogy for the future? We hear higher education leaders mention the challenges of teaching online, and the ramifications of scientific labs being closed, but there is not necessarily a similar focus on the artistic studios, exhibit spaces, workshops, etc. This open discussion will range from the new philosophical and logistical challenges of teaching online studio arts classes to perhaps the challenges senior MFAs are facing as they are trying to finish final projects/master theses. Join us to listen to and contribute to this informal conversation– we’d love to hear insights from any discipline-specific conversations you’ve been having as well. After the session, we will synthesize the insights from this conversation and others to share with the a2ru network and the field at large.

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The conversation will be guest-moderated by Sarah Bainter Cunningham, RISD’s first associate provost for research and strategic partnerships, formerly executive director for research at VCU’s School of the Arts and Director of Arts Education at the National Endowment for the Arts.