Media Arts Education in K-12 Schools

Led by the ArtsMatter team from LA Promise Fund, this asynchronous session explores the field of media arts education and presents findings from various school-based programs implemented within Los Angeles classrooms. On-the-ground implementation strategies from educators engaging in this work complements an overview of the latest data and research from the field. Participants leave with ample resources and promising practices for facilitating standards-based media arts education that can be implemented at any school site, regardless of fiscal constraints or access to technology.

Presenter Bios

Malaika Boyer is a teacher at LA Promise Charter Middle School in Los Angeles, California. Her path into education began at age 14, working as a counselor in training at a special needs camp. She has been an instructional aide, a teacher’s assistant, a co-teacher and now a middle school teacher. Her early career taught her the importance of compassionate teaching, and her college days showed her trust and respect were equally important. Through the program, ArtsMatter, she has discovered the extensive value of arts-integrated education.

Kamella Tate, lead evaluator at LA Promise Fund (LAPF), is the principal of Kamella Tate Associates, LLC, a Los Angeles-based firm providing research, evaluation and advancement services to nonprofits in the arts, healthcare and education sectors. Current clients include the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and LA Promise Fund. She has served as senior staff at The Music Center, Tacoma Actors Guild and Shakespeare Orange County, as well as an adjunct professor at USC, Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. She holds an master’s of fine arts degree from the American Conservatory Theatre and a doctorate of education in educational psychology from USC.

Alex Kara, director of arts programs at LA Promise Fund, oversees ArtsMatter, LA Promise Fund’s arts education program serving schools in Los Angeles. ArtsMatter creates classroom programming and standards-based media arts curriculum, which draws upon content provided by industry partners like Paramount Animation, Film Independent and Epic Games. Alex currently leads ArtsMatter’s four-year pilot program in media arts integration funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s AAEDD grant program. Alex serves as a consultant for Davis Publications and was previously a PreK-8 visual arts teacher in Chicago Public Schools.

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Author profile

Title: 2280 Pasos Bajo un Cielo Nublado | Artist: Hernán Jourdan | Medium: Film

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits