SchoolArts Magazine

APR 2018

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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I t goes without saying that 2017 was a politically charged year, which was difficult for many of us to navigate as teachers, let alone as mothers, daughters, and friends. As an usher for the latest generation of voters, I knew this was something we needed to face rather than avoid. We had just finished learning about Ai Weiwei's Drop - ping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995) and discussing the concept of destruction in contemporary art. Destruction is cathartic. Maybe it was really me who needed the catharsis, but for better or worse I am a better, more passionate educator when the subject is personal. H I G H S C H O O L The VOICE of a Julia Mooney GENERATION Students used paint-filled water balloons to "destroy" the issues they came up with, such as debt, poverty, and racism. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 17

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