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Culture-Based Arts Education

By James W. Bequette and Kelly Hrenko


This chapter focuses on two teachers who participated in Project Intersect (PI), a federally funded arts in education demonstration grant that supported the collaborative efforts of over 50 educators teaching at a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) tribal school and two neighboring public elementary schools in the upper Midwest. PI teachers worked with a team made up of education researchers from their state’s urban Land Grant university, local Native 1 and non-Native program managers, and over 20 local Native cultural experts—crafters, visual artists, musicians, linguists, historians, and others—to fashion culturally responsive curriculum in all academic areas. Project Intersect (PI), an arts in education demonstration project, began with a planning year during which a small design team made up of Native elders, teachers, linguists and other tribal leaders interested in cultural literacy and local control of schooling were asked to help envision what culture-based arts education might look like if it were a means for increasing the relevance of study i

Year: 2014
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