miami dade art teachers exhibition to protest for their jobs

Art Teachers Exhibit At the JCC Gallery in Kendall

This year the threat of art in our schools being eliminated has been more serious than ever. Recently Miami-Dade County Art teachers and teachers of other disciplines have received a formal letter encouraging them to pursue certification in other areas as a means to prepare for possible cuts to their programs and or layoffs of Art Teachers. Although the intent of the letter is a realistic and proactive approach to the trying times we are living in, it is also disappointing to know that as Miami is vying for the role as a cultural hub of the U.S. it’s also considering the elimination of its art program in public schools. We as a city can not seriously vie for this status and its benefits to our economy without showing to the world that we support the education of the arts to our children and community. This Sunday Miami-Dade Art Teachers will exhibit works in response to the current insecurity of their career.

Opening Reception

April 1,2012
JCC Futernick Family Gallery (bldg 5)
115 Sw 112 Ave
Kendall, FL 33176
(305) 271-9000
1 pm- 4pm
Exhibition Runs Through April 29th

A Call To Artistic Action

The results of the past legislative session, combined with the recession,
have been devastating to arts education in our district and state. We know of
students denied access to the arts in a variety of school situations. We know of arts
programs ended or under threat of dissolution. We know of arts educators whose
careers have been thwarted by these circumstances.
We have sustained our role as advocates of the arts in public education through
phone calls, letter writing, and dialogue with policy makers. But we need to do
more. We need to use our gifts, our treasure, in service of the cause of sustaining
arts education as core curriculum in public schools.
We propose a visual art exhibition like no other we have done in the past. An
exhibition of new art where every DAEA member will produce an activist artwork
about the loss and/or potential loss of the arts in public education. Think of
Picasso’s “Guernica”, Van Gogh’s “Potato Eaters”, and Delacroix’s “Liberty
leading the people”. Through these images, these artists moved the public about
issues of war, poverty, and freedom. Is not our cause for arts education, a cause of
freedom in thinking and expression in education?
This show will not be juried. We want everyone participating. But the artwork
needs to engage the viewer in the issues. The art image needs to mobilize and
support justice and equity for the arts in schools. Our gift is to re-imagine beyond
the politically imposed restraints placed on our subject and our profession. Our
treasure is to be able to communicate visually, without words, an issue that is kept
silenced, is contentious, and may be uncomfortable to share.
Art history shows us the way. The arts have always embodied the human spirit and
cause for justice. DAEA invites you to participate in the what we hope is a
groundbreaking exhibition in support of our children and our work in the visual
Mark Rosenkrantz

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