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Tune In: the Social Responsibility of Arts Educators

Tune In: The Social Responsibility of the Arts Educator

Tune in on January 30, 2015, at 3pm EST to the CTC Studio, where arts education theory, policy and practice meet through dialogue.

In this Studio, CTC discusses:

How are artists and arts educators uniquely equipped to enrich, deepen, and catalyze moments of social awareness around critical questions about race and social justice?

In the studio:

  • Melanie R. Brown (AIE ’07), Education Program Officer at The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dr. Marit Dewhurst (AIE ’03; Ed.D. ‘09), Director of Art Education and Assistant Professor of Art and Museum Education at the City College of New York in New York City and Principal Investigator of the Museum Teen Summit
  • Steve Seidel, Program Director of the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Rosalie Norris, a current student in the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education



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MelanieBrown2011-DSC_9567_2Melanie R. Brown is the Education Program Officer at The Heinz Endowments. Her grant-making portfolio seeks to achieve equity in education for African American students and those, regardless of race, who are from low-income communities. Melanie also is a member of the Endowments’ African American Men and Boys Task Force where she co-leads grant making on communications to challenge the negative portrayal of Black males in the mainstream media. Beyond her responsibilities at the Endowments, Melanie sits on the boards of the Pennsylvania State Workforce Investment and the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing. She also is an advisory board member to the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the YWCA’s Center for Race and Gender Equity. She was a 2012 Woman of Achievement recipient, a 2013 Racial Justice Award recipient, a 2014 40 under 40 Award recipient for the city of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Endowments, Melanie was a middle and high school English teacher at the nation’s first public, urban boarding school, the SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C. In 2007, Melanie was a Harvard Crimson China Cultural Exchange Foundation Senior Fellow, teaching English through the arts in Hong Kong and Beijing, China. A Pittsburgh native, Melanie received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and literature from American University, a master’s degree in arts in education from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University.


Dewhurst_2Marit Dewhurst is the Director of Art Education and Assistant Professor of Art and Museum Education. She completed her doctorate in education from Harvard University in 2009 youth empowerment, activist art-making, and social justice education. She has worked as an educator and program coordinator in multiple settings both nationally and abroad including community centers, museums, juvenile detention centers, and international development projects. Prior to joining the faculty at CCNY, she founded and coordinated The Museum of Modern Art’s free studio arts programs for teens. She is currently the advisor to the youth-led Museum Teen Summit. Publications include chapters in several books on the use of art in social justice education and articles in The Journal of Art Education, Excellence and Equity in Education, and The Journal of Research Practice. In addition, she has collaborated on an exhibition and book on traditional art and HIV/AIDS education with partners. Her research and teaching interests include social justice education, community-based art, anti-bias/multicultural education, youth empowerment, and the role of the arts in community development.


RosalieRosalie Norris is a theater artist/educator in Boston. She has taught drama and movement in Boston Public Schools, City Stage Co., The ArtScience Prize, Cambridge Public Schools, Citi Performing Arts, The Boston Children’s Museum, Merrimack Rep, among others. She has performed professionally with The Lyric Stage Co., The Gold Dust Orphans, Brown Box Theater Project and Shakespeare & Co. Rosalie embraces her role as a teaching artist by fusing together her passions of working with young people, collaborating with others towards a common goal, and using art to explore our world. In her free time, you can find Rosalie riding around on her tandem bike!

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