Pandemic Lessons: Challenges, Innovations and Re-Imaginings in Art Education

The current COVID 19 pandemic has necessitated a drastic reframing of how art education is approached and accessed.  Following the end of the first semester/ term of online learning, Gallery 400, in partnership with the BFA in Art Education program at UIC’s School of Art & Art History, hosts a series of presenter-led conversations to explore how art education has adapted to a virtual learning environment: the challenges, innovations, and ways forward.


We see these conversations as a valuable way to collectively reflect on the experiences of the last few months, share knowledge and resources, highlight our connectivity and interdependence, and brainstorm new possibilities for going forward. Interactivity and discussion encouraged. All events to take place via Zoom. The link will be emailed the day before the event to those who have registered on Eventbrite. Free and open to all!


Register for our second session here:

Picking up the Pieces: Context, Healing & Advocacy

Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 4 – 5:30 pm

The pandemic has wrought trauma of many kinds on children, adults, elders, and families, and hit some communities harder than others. This session will focus on how artists and art educators have responded to the struggles of those they teach and those to whom they are connected through direct forms of engagement with the crisis. The panel will explore what historical precedents can tell us about advocacy and healing, whether individual or collective.


Where can we go from here? Reimagining the future

Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 4 – 5:30 pm

The pandemic has made clear that there is no “normal” to go back to while also highlighting persistent inequalities in our communities and educational environments. How are we approaching the necessary work of re-imagining the future? This session will focus on how artists and art educators are transforming a range of existing structures by developing new modes of teaching, learning, and creating together.