SchoolArts Magazine

March 2017

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Visit SchoolArtsRoom.com Follow me on O ne of the best presentations I've ever been a part of was Aprendiendo del Arte/ Learning from Art with Trina Harlow, Cilau Valadez, and Agustín Cruz Pruden - cio, at the KSU College of Education in Manhat- tan, Kansas. We gave six well-attended collab- orative presentations over two days at different locations to KSU students and teachers, spon - sored by a SGA Diversity Grant and the National Art Education Association Student Chapter. Cilau is an artist from the Huichol culture in Mexico and Agustín is a woodcarver from Oaxaca. Both are master folk artists eager to share their cultures and artworks with all. Both learned their skills in apprenticeships with their fathers, a traditional way that folk art is developed. Our presentations featured approaches to teaching about respect for cul - tural diversity and the folk arts and traditions of Mexico. We got to see some snow (a first for Agustín) and the temperature fell to 11 degrees, but we couldn't have had better par - ticipants in our presentations. Cilau Valadez, Nancy, Trina Harlow, and Augustín Cruz Prudencio at an evening gallery reception that featured the artists' work. Our four-part collaboration grew over time from our annual SchoolArts/CRIZMAC sum- mer seminars in Santa Fe, Folk Art Extrava- ganza (about world folk art), and Tres Culturas (about the three primary cultures of Santa Fe), as Cilau and August í n have presented to our groups a number of times. I believe we were so successful in our Kansas endeavor because all four of us believe so strongly in the value of pro- moting respect and understanding for the tradi- tions and contributions of diverse cultures. How do you provide opportunities for your students to develop respect for diverse cul- tures, perspectives, and traditions of art? In our increasingly global society, respect for others' traditions, beliefs, and ways of life may be more needed than ever. Editor's Letter SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 3

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