Region: North America

I am committed to broadening the dialog among my colleagues about the practice of art education to prepare students for their future. The position of Councilor for the North American region will provide me the appropriate platform. I ask for your support.

With technology, immigration, migration, and the relocation of refugees changing our communities (Richards and Willis, 2018), and cultural diversity being one of the principal motivation along with the global economy for this change, it is imperative that we ensure that all learners have a visual art experience so they have a significant personal growth. I feel that through these educational experiences in the arts, students will understand the global situations and then, can help eliminate police brutality, the interment of children, the denial of basic human rights, hostility by governments, preserving our environment, demand civility and honesty from our elected leaders, and eliminate government-directed violence against its own people. This poses an existential threat to civilized-democratic societies and this is what is paramount to teach our students for their successful futures. Hamid (2017) argued that this existential threat is because of the lack of insight and creativity to image the future. Through the ideas, beliefs, and values of global art education, we can recreate a world in which all our human rights and democratic principles are preserved (Ken Robinson, 2011).

We must provide students with the knowledge and skills to maneuver successfully in their 21st century future. As art educators, we must prepare students and teachers for their creative and innovative future by providing critical and analytical skills and to obtain the experiences and knowledge needed to be successful in an ever-changing global community.

In 2007, I knew I needed to work with other educators on the national (USA) level to reinforce the value of arts education to prepare our next generation for their future. As a result, I was elected President of the United State Society for Education through Art (USSEA). In this capacity, regional conferences in North America were reinstated, and the USSEA newsletter was published with the intent to bring together the experiences of students, faculty, and communities to identify and strengthen art education practices in schools. Since the end of my tenure as President of USSEA, I have been Vice-President for recruitment and membership. I have shared my ideas about the preparation of students through the arts at: The 2016 Society for Art Education of Korea (SEAK) International Conference, Seoul, South Korea; The International School, Agra, India; The 35th InSEA World Congress Daegu, South Korea; The Third African and Middle East InSEA Regional Congress and The Second AmeSea International Conference, Cairo, Egypt; and will present at: El Cartografias de la Educacion Artistica y la Multiculturalidad Visual, InSEA Congreso Regional, Santiago, Chile; and The Society for Arts Education in Namibia (SAEN) and The International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

I am well-connected in North America and am fluent in Spanish. My goals are to connect students, artists, teachers and communities across North America and create bridges to Central and South America to recognize and expand art education for the betterment of all citizens.

I ask for your support to allow me to do this important work.

Short Bio

Education
1987 Ed. D., Illinois State University
1981 Master’s in Fine Arts, Instituto Allende Incorporado a La Universidad de Guanajuato
1980 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Instituto Allende Incorporado a La Universidad de Guanajuato
1975 Certificate in Secondary Teacher Education, Mico Teachers College
1970 Agricultural Sciences Certificate, Knockalva Agricultural School

Employment
University of Kentucky, Associate Professor-2001; Assistant Professor-1994; Associate
Dean for the Graduate School-1994; Chairperson for the Commission on Diversity -2004; Program Chair for Art Education-2007

Scholarship for 2018-2017
Author with Willis, S: Global Consciousness through the Arts: A Passport for Students and Teachers. Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2018.
Author – "Visual arts education improves self-esteem for persons with dementia and reduces
Caregiver Burden: A randomized controlled trial with Ann Tietyen, Dementia: SAGE Journals, 2018.
(http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/Hki7vvQT2tcRDPjH7Ky5/full)
Presenter –Global Consciousness through the Arts: What Teachers Need to Know about
their Students’ Education, Liberty Elementary Schools, May, 2018.
Presenter at El Cartografias de la Educacion Artistica y la Multiculturalidad Visual, InSEA
Congreso Regional, Santiago, Chile. July 25-27. Invited.
Presenter -- The Society for Arts Education in Namibia (SAEN) and The International Society
for Education through Art (InSEA) in Walvis Bay, Namibia. October 29-Nov. 2, 2018.
Presenter—Citizenship in Arts and Education Programs: What is it all About? Third African and
Middle East InSEA Regional Congress. The Second AMESEA International Conference, Cario, Egypt. April 1-3, 2018. Invited. 
Presenter - Research journaling strategies for discovering artistic identity aligned with
International Citizenship through the Arts. NAEA Seattle, WA., March 24, 2018. Invited.
Presenter - Mapping and Redressing ‘Culture’ in Art Education and Research with Lim, Shin,
Beaumont, Benzer, & Willis. National Art Education Association Conference, Seattle, WA. 24 March. Peer reviewed.
Presenter - USSEA Executive Board Meeting with Benzer & Richards. National Art
Education Association National Conference in Seattle, WA. 23 March. Invited 
Presenter - USSEA Business Meeting with Benzer & Richards. National Art Education
Association National Conference in Seattle, WA. 24 March. Invited 
Author –A Visual Arts Education pedagogical approach for enhancing quality of life for
persons with dementia (innovative practice) with Ann Tietyen, SAGE Journals. August 25, 2017. Peer reviewed.
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1471301217726612?journalCode...
Author –The Teacher Leader Master’s Program in Art Education with Gary Schroeder.
Approved by the Education Professional Standard Board, October, 2017.
Presenter-A current-event project-based model that foster humanity through the arts (How
arts raise awareness of human rights and sustainability. 35th World Congress sponsored by the International Society for Education through Art, Daegu, South Korea, August, 2017.
Presenter-Promoting cultural diversity that strengthen community can start in the art
room by rethinking arts pedagogical approaches. 35th World Congress sponsored by the International Society for Education through Art, Daegu, South Korea, August, 2017.
Presenter –Report on membership and membership issues relating to USSEA Board
Meeting. NAEA National Convention in New York, NY, March 2-4. Invited.
Consultant and artist –Bullying, Breast Cancer, Abuse Services presented by the Wesley
United Methodist Women. United Methodist Church, Lexington KY, September 29-Oct.1, 2017. Invited.
Author -Promoting Visual Arts Education in Public Schools and Communities: A Prospectus for Collaboration Around the Preparation of Visual Arts Practitioners and Educators, prepared and collaborated with The Office of Program Development with Gary Schroeder. Accreditation and Planning in the College of Education and the P20 Innovation Lab in the College of Education for the advancement of the MA Program in Art Education, College of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky, Summer I and II.
Presenter - USSEA Executive Board Meeting with Wexler and Benzer. National Art
Education Association National Conference in New York, NY, March 2. Invited. 
Presenter - USSEA Business Meeting with Wexler, Benzer. National Art
Education Association National Conference in New York, NY, March 4. Invited.