Nov
17

You Kant Be Serious. All Art is Political.

As you can see from my last post, recently I’ve been chatting up some info I found in  “Ape to Apollo: Aesthetics and the Ideas of Race in the 18th Century” by David Bindman. I don’t recommend the book. It’s a slog and an apology of sorts for European Supremacy. But Bindman has done some important research; a good chunk of which is focused on Immanuel Kant, one of the major figures in European philosophy and known in no small part for his writings on aesthetics, which I think of as the values we use when deciding how we feel about

Nov
10

Talking Race as European arts injustices with the PA Education Policy & Leadership Center

Good people, last week I was given the honor to go to Harrisburg and present the keynote at the PA Education Policy and Leadership Center‘s 7th annual arts education symposium. My first keynote- heyyyyyy (update-that might not be true, but still, heyyyyyy). The topic I was given, arts education and social justice, was nice and roomy, but it also left me struggling with what I wanted to say. At first, I actually wasn’t even sure I had much to say to a primarily European descended group that worked primarily with children of European descent in suburban public schools. My work