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Bringing Contemporary Art into the Classroom with Art21 Educators

January 17, 2019


“I’ve never thought of Art21 just as a filmmaking organization, but as an educational hub,” reflects educator and alumnus of the Art21 Educators program, Nick Kozak. Art21 Educators is a year-long educational incubator that explores contemporary art as an educational tool. Designed to support K–12 educators who are interested in bringing contemporary art, artists, and themes into the classroom, the program aims to support those who, as Art21 senior education advisor Joe Fusaro describes, “are interested in utilizing contemporary art to make their work more effective and more meaningful with students,”

The program begins each year with the Summer Institute, an energetic one-week program in New York City. From group visits to galleries and artists studios, to workshops lead by artists and alumni, the summer initiative is an inspiring introduction to the coming year of community-based learning and discussion. “Everyone walks out with next steps that they want to take,” says Fusaro. As Nick Kozak shares, the Art21 Educators program “helps free you up, so you can take risks in the classroom.”

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Art21 Senior Education Advisor: Joe Fusaro. Artist Educator: Nick Kozak. Student Collaborators: Faaizah Afoda, Ibrahima Bah, Benzion Balmin, Maria Butt, Eric Desoiza, Adriana Hernandez, Adiba Huda, Avalina Law, Samuel Levy, Stephanie Liu, Marco Martinez, Sumyea Mim, Maryiam Mustafa, Adrianna Ogando, Jennifer Reyes-Morales, Sakin Sarower, Katie Seodarsan, & Mohamed Traore. Educator Collaborators: Stacey Abramson, LaRosa Arroyo, Don Ball, Jeannine Bardo, Miranda Best, Rebecca Brown, Shannah Burton, Linda Churchwell-Varga, Thomas Dareneau, Jonathan Dueck, Tracie Dunn, Marie Elcin, Todd Elkin, Matt Garza, Dennis Greenwell, Megan Hancock, Grace Hulse, Cathy Karp, Daniel Mendel, Alex Mendez, Ariana Mygatt, Craig Newsom, Samara Paleczny, Ben Pawlowski, Emily Relf, Erica Richard, Alisa Rodny, Ashley Rowland, Jocelyn Salaz, Ann Schwab, Margaret Segalla, Steven Speciale, Ty Talbot, & Jack Watson. Summer Institute Staff: May Cohan & Dana Helwick. Thanks: Manhattan Hunter Science High School.

Art21 Educators is made possible in part by the Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation, the Andreas Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Paula and Jim Crown, and Brenda R. Potter.

Closed captionsAvailable in English, German, Romanian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Italian

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Art21 Educators is an intensive, year-long professional development initiative and learning community. The program is designed to support K–12 educators in any subject area who are interested in bringing contemporary art, artists, and themes into classroom teaching and learning.