Classroom Catalysts: Enabling Personal Revolutions Through Art
Sometimes the most significant revolutions make no noise at all, happening completely within someone’s frame of mind. These individual transformations might not make the same splash as a mass protest, but they’re a powerful part of what makes revolutionary movements possible. As Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Things do not change; we change.”
Educators are perhaps the most direct link to catalyzing these internal developments in future generations, and art educators in particular are actively engaged in expanding students’ perspectives and propensity for critical thinking. To illustrate this, we asked three alumni of the ART21 Educators program to share the personal revolutions they’ve witnessed through exposure to innovative artistic practices in the classroom.