University of Arkansas to launch state’s first graduate program in arts education


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – The University of Arkansas Art School at Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences will be offering a new Master of Arts in Arts Education starting in fall 2022.

This will be the first graduate arts education program offered in the state of Arkansas.

The School of Art is proud to present the Master of Arts in Arts Education to the State, the region and beyond. We are especially honored to establish a new graduate program that enables art educators in Arkansas to access graduate studies in arts education in their home state. The Faculty of Arts Education designed the program to further propel the field of arts education and broaden the depth of its practice.

Gerry Snyder, Executive Director of the University of Arkansas School of Art

The Master of Arts program is a two-year residency and seeks to attract artist educators, artist-teachers and museum educators working in schools, museums and the community, according to a university statement. All graduate students accepted into the program will receive financial support during the two years of study.

According to the press release, this research-oriented program will emphasize theoretical studies and research inquiries in arts education, and provide in-depth study of the diverse practice of arts education and provoke critical thinking. on how arts education is taught.

The university statement says the program will provide educational opportunities for both experienced arts educators and those interested in the study and practice of arts education but may not have yet established an extensive and long teaching record.

Inclusiveness is at the forefront of this Master of Arts in Arts Education program. Welcoming students with diverse experiences in diverse teaching environments embodies the innovative curriculum and the way arts education takes place in and across different contexts and cultures.

Marty Maxwell Lane, Director of the University of Arkansas School of Art

The program is designed to prepare students to become culturally sensitive art educators who are dedicated to the development of interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching and research approaches and practices that address issues in the field of arts education. , according to the director of the School of Art.

Donal O’Donoghue, a professor with arts education, will lead the program as director of graduate studies in arts education. O’Donoghue said faculty and program staff are excited to start accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Those interested in applying are encouraged to submit their application by the priority deadline of January 15, 2022.

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