A Contemporary Art & Visual Culture Curriculum Stephanie Jordan ARE6666 11/18/2009 Policy Paper Introduction Current education reform - narrowing the curriculum Rigor, Academic, Standardized Testing, Skills for the global economy
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insights into their lives & into contemporary
times» (Gude, 2007, p.14).
Which do you think students would be more excited to learn about? Which is more relevant to them TODAY?
Superama(2003) by Gabriel Kuri (Mexico) Gabriel Kuri addresses new economic and cultural realities in the NAFTA-created world. In his Superama, he displayed a Wal-Mart receipt as a decorative pattern on a hand-woven rug. This is a good example of superimposing a common iconic image from contemporary global culture onto a traditional handmade form to communicate a concept and comment on its effect – in this case the overwhelming power of global corporations to overtake and undermine local communities and economies, and to replace local indigenous patterns with global capitalistic ones.
The rate of teens taking up smoking grew at an epidemic rate during the years of the Joe Camel advertising campaign (PR Newswire, 1998)
42% of 1st - 3rd grade girls want to be thinner (Collins, 1991, as cited in NEDA, 2005)
Test questions with one right answer and skill and drill exam prep is now emphasized in the name of gaining a competitive edge in the global economy
But in our current visual and global society, the skills the arts inherently provide and becoming increasingly valuable.
These recommendations would improve the art curriculum and have many positive ramifications for society
*Important to note that they are realistic and achievable.
Maybe NOW is the time to bolster the arts to a more secure place in the curriculum.