Graeme Chalmers (keynote)


Artists as teachers in an "Age of Anxiety"


This presentation will begin with a brief overview of the many roles of the artist-as-educator. Through visual images we can learn to love, to resent, to tolerate, to respect, to feel superior, to persecute, and, hopefully, to work toward change. From Edward Hicks' Peaceable Kingdom to the inspirational work of contemporary indigenous artists from diverse cultural backgrounds (such as Canada, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand), to haunting media images, this presentation will look at the power of visual artists to create awareness, effect change, and provide implications for inclusive, anti-racist, peace-full approaches to afirming identity and belonging in an "age of anxiety."


Graeme Chalmers, a Professor of Art Education at the University of British Columbia, UBC, currently serves as the Director of the Network of Centres and Institutes in Education at UBC. Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand, Graeme is a former holder of the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education and has been designated as one of UBC's "Distinguished University Scholars." Graeme is the author of 3 books and many journal articles and curriculum materials. His Celebrating Pluralism: Art, Education, and Cultural Diversity (Getty) was recently published in Spanish. He is the recipient of many awards.