The Art of Empathy: Linking Diverse Communities through Art Education

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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
Stream: Identity and Belonging; the Politics of Diversity; Globalisation
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Daryl Wells

Art Specialist and Learning Coordinator, The American School in London
London, Greater London, UK

Daryl Wells has been an internationally active artist, art educator, and community art activist for over twelve years.~ In addition to her work as a fine artist and children's book~ illustrator, she taught in the public and non-profit sectors in Los Angeles and New York city before transplanting to London as Lower School Art Specialist for The American School in London.~ Since 2004, she has been actively developing the art department through a series of projects which incorporate community participation and teacher collaboration as fundamental elements to primary art program.

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