[Self-Study] Sankofa: A Vision of Black Healing and Liberation Through Afrofuturistic Art
This panel presentation is a conversation between an art therapist, museum educators, and research professors who examine black art in the context of the past, present, and future to determine the implications of the concept of afrofuturism in art therapy and art education.
In an attempt to bridge the therapeutic qualities of art with education and community and cultural institutions, this panel will contemplate the question, “How can art therapists and art educators use afrofuturism as a lens to contextualize and conceptualize ways of healing and liberation of black people?” Through case material, artwork and dialogue this panel will examine the use of afrofuturistic art to offer a framework for use when working to heal and liberate black and brown people in art therapy.
Panelists will explore themes of cultural competency and trauma responsive professional development through the lens of the National Gallery of Arts Afro Atlantic Histories past exhibition (currently at LACMA), highlighting the existence of black art and stories in history and the present, as well as dialogue with research educators Dr. Brown and Dr. Cross as they attempt to reframe the future of black liberation and healing through the concept of the 2044 Series: Anti-Racist Praxis As Futurist Design and Pedagogy.
3 Learning Objectives:
Participants who attend the session will experience the following:
- Amplification of the voices of identified black/African American art therapy students and their experiences
- Appreciation and reexamination of identified black/African American art therapy visionary architects.
- Engage, discuss and create art with the panelists, the future of the art therapy profession.
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