Cherry Minji Kim
Multicultural teaching reckons directly with the myth of american homogeneity as propagated and violently reified by white supremacy.
A multiculturalist teacher of visual arts in NYC easily looks to the classroom for concealed knowledge and transformative storytelling. Elsewhere too, the multiculturalist teacher expands student understanding of differences and differing narratives & perspectives by engaging critical, contemporary visual arts. Personal and political histories inevitably play a role in multiculturalist agendas. Interconnectivity is an assumed truth in multiculturalism.
Art also grounds and regrounds multiculturalism in the realm of the sublime. Multiculturalist frameworks is inherently based in material (incl. the socially constructed) reality of things and people. In contrast, art practices including poetry, music, and dance foster intimacy, a much needed element of solidarity.
A multiculturalist arts education parses, analyzes, and acknowledge differences. In the process it simultaneously forges deep connections across differences.
This bonded community is outwardly oriented towards an active practice of compassion & justice for all.