Arts and Learning SIG
Arts and Learning SIG


SIG Mission Statement

The Arts and Learning Special Interest Group (A&L SIG) is a forum for discussion of research issues related to the arts and education. All arts disciplines are entertained, and a wide range of research techniques are represented. Recent themes include: arts performance and process in curriculum; arts integration, assessment, and criticism; cultural issues; semiotics creative process; aesthetic education; alternative research methodologies; and constructivism.

SIG Officers

Amanda Claudia Wager, Chair

Matt Omasta, Immediate Past Chair

Joy Gaulden Bertling, Program Chair

Sarah Travis, Secretary/Treasurer

Mary McAvoy, Awards Chair

Joseph Elefante, Graduate Student Representative

Megan Deeg, Newsletter Co-Editor

Arts & Learning SIG Award Recipients

2021 Outstanding Achievement in Arts & Learning Award: 

  • Dr. Liora Bresler, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2021 Arts & Learning Distinguished Dissertation Award:

  • Dr. Silvia Rodriguez Vega, Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University
    • Dissertation: "Immigrant Children: Resilience and Coping with HeART" (University of California, Los Angeles)

2020 Outstanding Achievement in Arts & Learning Award:

  • Dr. Peter Gouzouasis, Professor, The University of British Columbia

2020 Arts & Learning Distinguished Dissertation Award:

  • Dr. Jordan Morris
    • Dissertation: "(Re)constructing Youth Offender Identities Through Digital Storytelling in a Restorative Conferencing Program" (University of California, Los Angeles)
2021 AERA Annual Meeting

2021 AERA (Virtual) Annual Meeting

April 9-12, 2021

"Accepting Educational Responsibility"


2021 Arts and Learning SIG Sessions:

Thursday, April 8, 2021

1:00 to 2:00pm EDT  - Roundtable Session: Arts Education in Changing Times

3:00 to 4:00pm EDT - Roundtable Session: Social and Emotional Learning and the Arts

4:00 to 5:00pm EDT - Roundtable Session: Increasing and Optimizing Arts Experiences

5:00 to 6:00pm EDT - Roundtable Session: Implementation and Outcomes of Arts Education Programs

Friday, April 9, 2021

9:30 to 10:30am EDT - Roundtable Session: Ways of Knowing, Doing, and Being in Arts Teaching and Learning

4:10 to 5:40pm EDT - Paper Session: Voice, Equity, and Critical Consciousness: Antiracist Arts Education and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy

Saturday, April 10, 2021

4:10 to 5:40pm EDT - Symposium Session: Places of Possibility, Cultures of Connection: Exploring Art, Design, Making, and Imagination in Enacting Educational Alternatives

6:15 to 8:15pm EDT - Arts and Learning SIG Business Meeting

Sunday, April 11, 2021 

2:30 to 4:00pm EDT -  Performance Session: Acting Up: Dramatic Approaches for Socially Engaged Language and Literacy Education Online and in Person

Monday, April 12, 2021

11:10am to 12:40pm EDT - Symposium Session: Music and Arts Teacher Learning Through Classroom Video: Outlining Future Research Agendas

4:30 to 6:00pm EDT - Symposium Session: Rethinking Arts Education for Social and Emotional Learning 

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