Going Global, the Asia Society’s handbook to help schools internationalize their programs, outlines key concepts to guide integration of global perspectives into visual and performing arts classes. Teachers can use arts classes to:
- introduce the history and culture of the world’s regions;
- honor the cultures students bring to school;
- examine the functions of art in society; and
- build connections with artists and cultural institutions.
Visual and performing arts methods courses can help prospective teachers incorporate these concepts in their teaching by learning about the variety of artistic expression of cultures around the world.
Museums and cultural performances in the community can provide resources to bring global perspectives to the classroom. Many now extend their reach by making their resources available online. At Indiana University’s Department of Art Education, Associate Professor Elizabeth Vallance incorporates the university’s art museum in her teaching, instructing students on how to use global cultural artifacts from museums in their instruction.
In addition to honoring cultural heritages from around the world, prospective teachers can bring present-day art and culture into their teaching by becoming familiar with a host of cultural expressions including contemporary music, dance, and film. Assistant Professor Marjorie Manifold, also at Indiana University, introduces pre-service teachers to online sites where adolescents and young adults from all over the world share their extracurricular art. These works are based on stories from popular culture, created by children who suffer through tragedies of war or natural disaster, and reflect themes of universal interest to children. Pre-service teachers are encouraged to incorporate online exchanges of artwork between the students in their classrooms and students around the world.