Social justice curricular encounters with Linda Stein’s art are designed to be encounters with specific works or with a series of works. Each encounter begins with processes to look at, discuss, and experience Stein’s tapestries and sculpture. The processes of encountering Stein’s art may involve making art or other sensory processes as a way to engage with Stein’s art in relation to self situated in current social, political, and environmental contexts. The processes of encountering Stein’s art provide experiences that extend from and then return to Stein’s art. The encountering processes focus on upstander identity, leadership, and social justice. The purpose is to facilitate agency, empowerment, empathy, reflection, and upstander intentions.

Curricular encounters with art are processes to examine cultural-historical roots of social and environmental degradation, and to motivate upstander actions in (re)making community. Several encounters investigate visual culture as a means of communicating and perpetuating cultural values. Encounters explore the ways in which visual culture affects perceptions of self and the world, and constructs power and privilege. The encounters are processes to analyze media, advertisements, photographs, alternative media, objects, spaces, places, signs and codes as sources of power, as well as to de/en/re/code dominate cultural narratives.

Underlying all encounters is teaching towards understanding the value of diversity (e.g., culture, ethnicity, religion, race, gender, sexuality, and ability) and understanding that everyone is responsible for the well being of others. The following are ways to encounter Linda Stein’s art as catalysts toward social justice education.


A Collaborative, Interactive Sound/Light Sculptural Story Wall: BODY SCULPTURE NARRATIVES through Linda Stein’s The Fluidity of Gender Adaptable for MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL Overview In this encounter, students, using The Fluidity ofRead More...
By : C-Team | Dec 2, 2017

Upstander Encounters with H2F2

Empathy is crucial for upstander behavior to occur as well as intensity of conviction for justice. Art can evoke empathy by invoking the past. Through the specifics and particulars of human life,Read More...
By : Karen Keifer-Boyd | Nov 17, 2017

Civic Engagement

Find Cards is a differential learning and assessment strategy that Keifer-Boyd (2014, 2013) developed in the 1970s for teaching mixed age groups from five-year-olds to elders in art galleries. When participants create Find Cards, facilitatorsRead More...
By : C-Team | Dec 22, 2016
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