This website was put together as a portfolio for a class I took at Cal State-LA, --"Developing Visual Literacy." My hope is that the lessons, ideas, and philosophy presented here may be of benefit to you.
Multicultural Arts Education: A Philosophy
The aim of multicultural education is that each student understand and value his/her own and other groups' contibutions to the cultural legacies of humankind and to appreciate the importance of diversity as a positive world and social view. The arts are a major cultural expression and lend themselves readily to multicultural education. Muticultural arts education must:
-provide individuals with the ability to understand their own cultural heritage and traditions
-provide individuals with the ability to examine, question and be conscious of how cultural changes affect their own cultural assumptions and feelings and provide the basis for individuals and groups to take greater control of their own lives, and
-provide individuals with the ability to expand their own aesthetic decision making skills as they become empowered by recognizing and understanding aesthetic choices developed by many different peoples.
To accomplish this aim requires both transmission of knowledge and development of attitudes. "It is one thing to develop knowledge and awareness of human similarities and another to develop empathey. Knowledge is anecessary but insufficient ingredient. the goal is informed empathy, or knowlege plus sensitivity in trying to imagine oneself in another's shoes or bare feet."
Bennett, Comprehensive Multicultural Education, 1986, pp. 194-5