About The Organization
The United States Society for Education Through the Arts (USSEA) commits to actively lead and support multicultural and cross cultural initiatives that foster teamwork, collaboration, and communication among diverse constituencies in order to achieve greater understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the arts and visual culture in education.
USSEA was founded in 1977 as an affiliate of the International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA) and the National Art Education Association (NAEA). It is a national association representing persons working in curriculum development, teaching, and research related to art education and cultural knowledge. USSEA is a society of art educators who share interests in multicultural and cross-cultural concerns in art education with others nationally and internationally to promote greater understanding and respect for learners from all backgrounds through research, art curricula, instruction, and practices that are inclusive and sensitive.
USSEA encourages information sharing and distribution by arranging meetings and sponsoring multicultural and cross-cultural programs at the annual NAEA conference, organizing symposia and conferences within the United States, and supporting projects, research, and publications that are in accordance with the mission of the society. Through the USSEA website, members may access up-to date news and information about USSEA’s initiatives, programs, and opportunities.
USSEA publishes the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education and provides open access to the journal. The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education’s 30th issue, which marks the first fully online and open-access edition of the journal, continues its rich heritage of exploring diversity and social justice in learning about and teaching art. Articles range from Valerie Karr and Courtney Weida’s work with US and Syrian youth on comic books as vehicles for exploring disability rights to Kyeungeun Lim’s exploration of Asian women’s experiences of immigration through having them talk about art. In between are articles on Taiwanese students’ creation of personal narratives using art on Second Life (Mary Stokrocki and Jin-Shiow Chen), students’ development of cultural understanding in a field school in Beijing (Doug Blandy and John Fenn), an exploration of and reflection on multicultural principles integrated across an arts methods course (Joni Acuff), and an examination of student engagement in social and environmental justice through a fair trade local gallery (Amanda Alexander, Connie DeJong, Jen Miller, and Jim Sanders).
We invite your feedback and your manuscripts. Upcoming issues of the journal will feature mini-themes about space, place, and (or) time (issue 31) and re-mix. (issue 32). Please visit the jCRAE website at www.jcrae.org for more information, or contact the Senior Editor, Elizabeth Garber, at firstname.lastname@example.org.