The Art of Empathy: Linking Diverse Communities through Art Education
With the growing disparities between state and independent schools, many students from underserved communities are being left without art education. Meanwhile, privileged students from well-resourced schools often lack an understanding or appreciation of the meaning of community. Artist, art instructor, and community arts activist Daryl Wells has linked these two needs through a series of local and international projects designed to aid underserved communities while teaching students about the values of diversity and collaboration. Through her position as Art Specialist, The American School in London, she seeks to encourage teachers and educational advocates to extend their schools' community outreach to include more creative collaborations that reach across the borders of economic, racial-ethnic, and geographic barriers. Joint projects between local schools in London, Italian state schools, and an independent school in Pondicherry, India will be explored, and she will discuss the rewards and challenges of designing these types of projects while encouraging other educational institutions to explore the possibilities behind such educational partnerships.
Keywords: Diversity, Art, Art Education, Education, Educational Partnerships, Ethics, Ethical Education, Community, Collaboration, Exchange, Educational Exchange
Art Specialist and Learning Coordinator, The American School in London