Drawing on Disability: Comics Including Difference, presented on September 22, 2015, teaches strategies applicable to the K-12 art class with comics that use humor, parody, and metaphor to talk about identity, experience, strengths, difference, and capacities to challenge and reclaim what disability means. The presenters offer takeaway activities that decenter narratives of normal and foster diversity awareness of stereotypes and clichés of disability in pop culture.
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Karen Keifer-Boyd,Ph.D., professor of art education and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at the Pennsylvania State University, is co-author with Michelle Kraft of Including Difference: A Communitarian Approach to Art Education in the Least Restrictive Environment published by the National Art Education Association in 2013. http://bit.ly/1JVDdcx Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Kraft, Ph.D., is a professor of art education and assistant dean at Lubbock Christian University in Texas and co-author, alongside Karen Keifer-Boyd, of the book Including Difference: A Communitarian Approach to Art Education in the Least Restrictive Environment; both Michelle and Karen served on the Special Education Committee of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, through the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’ Office of VSA and Accessibility. Contact: email@example.com
Veronica Hicks, Dual PhD candidate in art education and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Penn State University whose research includes indigenous metalsmithing and crafts, intersections of gender, race, and abilities in visual culture, and using graphic memoir medium as a sequential artform. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary of Discussion Topics:
- Narrative in comics: a chain of events in a cause and effect relationship in time and space
- Why graphic novels?
- Comic Heroes: Empowerment through self-representation
- Breaking stereotypes of disabilities
- Impairment ≠ Disability
- Sequencing brings closure
- Comics are found in everyday life!