National Art Education Association

Committee on
Multiethnic Concerns

We are a purpose-driven community of art educators fostering a greater understanding of the power of cultural diversity in art education and society.

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Upcoming Events

COMC Awards Ceremony & Presentations

Friday, April 14, 2023 | 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM CST
Virtual (Zoom):
Password: COMC2023

Join us to honor and celebrate the following 2023 awardees:

J. Eugene Grigsby: Dr. Pamela H. Lawton, Maryland Institute College of Art
Grace Hampton Lecture: Vanessa López, Maryland Institute College of Art
Graduate research:  Jasmine Floyd, The Ohio State University
In-service teacher: Rachel Yan Gu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2023 NAEA National Convention

April 13-15 (San Antonio, TX)

Look for the following sessions on the Committee for Multiethnic Concerns Track at the convention!

Thursday, April 13

Unpacking Yellow Peril, Black Power by Mapping Intersectional Afro–Asian Allyship as Antiracist Praxis
Kathy Brown, Hyunji Kwon
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM CST
Center/Meeting Room 207A/Level 2
Through shared resilience and trauma, two presenters unpack Afro–Asian allyship via emerging research and a proposed intersectional webbing/interlocking mapping project.

Friday, April 14

Creating a Space to Lead Race Discussions in Classrooms Through the Legacy of Black Women Artists (Livestreamed)
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM CST
Center/Meeting Room 214C/Level 2

This presentation will examine four female artists of African descent and their challenges, based on the color of their skin. Come away with tips for conversations about race, as well as relevant classroom exercises.

Using Black Storytelling to Center the Voices of Black Art Educators
Jasmine Floyd
03:30 PM - 04:20 PM CST
Center/Meeting Room 206A/Level 2
We will discuss a research study of a group of Black art educators and the challenges they faced in their preservice programs.

Scaffolding Critical Conversations About Race in the Elementary Art Room
Beth Link
08:00:AM - 08:50:AM CST
Grand Hyatt/Texas C/Level 4
How can elementary art teachers scaffold meaningful conversations about race and culture? In this session, we move beyond the elements and principles of art to explore strategies to intentionally decenter whiteness. Come away with rubrics and tools to help you rethink your multicultural art curriculum.

Saturday, April 15

Black Excellence in Art Education: A Critical Portrait of Murry DePillars
Pamela Lawton, Ryan Patton
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM CST
Grand Hyatt/Texas C/Level 4
Murry DePillars, longest serving and first Black dean of VCUarts, was a highly regarded artist, educator, scholar, and visionary leader whose contributions to art education need recognition. Through interviews with those who knew him, we construct a critical portrait as a model for future historical research on marginalized art educators.

Transcendence and Timelessness: Hands-On Teaching Approach of African American Portrait Painter Joshua Johnson
Lynnette Gilbert, Johnnie Maberry
01:30 PM - 02:20 PM CST
Grand Hyatt/Texas C/Level 4
Lecturing through hands-on methods, paired with observation and dialogue, is one of the best practices—especially when teaching art histories about artists rarely noted, discussed, or mentioned in Western art history platforms. Delve in and examine creative approaches of teaching African American art histories while promoting critical thinking, engagement, and retaining knowledge.

Past Events

Global Majority Art Education Mixer

Friday, March 4 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM EST | Kente Royal Gallery, New York, NY

Presented By: Adding Voices & Stapledon Arts

Kente Royal Gallery
2373 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
New York, NY 10030

2022 NAEA National Convention

March 3-5, Hybrid (New York, NY and Virtual)

Look for the following sessions on the Committee for Multiethnic Concerns Track at the convention!

Thursday, March 3

Decentering Whiteness in Art Education
Alisha Mernick, California State University Northridge
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM MST | Hilton/Sutton South/2nd Floor
CEU Credit: 1

AsianCrit: Advancing Art Educational Research and Practice for Racial Equity
Injeong Yoon-Ramirez, University of Arkansas; Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis, The Pennsylvania State University
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM MST (pre-recorded)
CEU Credit: 1

Friday, March 4

The Art of Bridge Walking to Reimagine the Past, Present, and Future for Black Students
Jazmine Beatty, VCU
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM EST | Hilton/Sutton North/2nd Floor
CEU Credit: 1

Challenging Diversity: Visual Narratives of Asian Contemporary Artists
Ahran Koo, California State University, Fresno
1:30 AM - 1:55 AM EST (pre-recorded)
CEU Credit: 1

Conjuring a Black Feminist Praxis in Art Education
Amber C. Coleman, University of Arizona; Flavia ZunigaWest, Harvard- Westlake School, Founder of Adding Voices
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM EST  (pre-recorded)
CEU Credit: 1

Saturday, March 5

Kitchen Table Conversations Part II: Art Educators of Color Mentorship and Networking
Joni Acuff, Ohio State University; gloria j. wilson, University of Arizona; Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis, Pennsylvania State University; Amelia M. Kraehe, University of Arizona
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM MST | Hilton/Concourse C/Lower Level
CEU Credit: 1