Working with artists is a valuable way to enhance, enrich and extend the creative experiences of teachers and children. Here is a short paper which explores some ideas about what might happen Artists Residencies. Here are some links that might help.
Axisweb is a place where you can search for artists to work with.
NADFAS can sometimes provide small amounts of funding for art projects.
The Ernest Cook Trust can sometimes provide funding for arts projects.
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation The Foundation’s Education programme covers two broad areas of interest: New approaches to education and Hard-to-reach learners. The Foundation looks to support imaginative and flexible approaches to learning that are unlikely to be funded through statutory education sources. Where appropriate, they will support the costs of professional and curriculum development, research and evaluation.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation provides funding for innovative programmes in the arts and in education and learning.
The following publications may also be of interest to teachers:
- Understanding the Educational Needs of Mixed Heritage Pupils: a research report by Bristol University and Birmingham City Council.
- Inclusion Issues in Art and Design: A working paper for QCA.
- Achievement of Black Carribean Pupils: good practice in secondary schools. Ofsted.
- The Education of Asylum Seeker Pupils: a report by Ofsted.
- Unlocking Potential: raising ethnic minority attainment at KS3. DfES
- Aiming High: understanding the educational needs of minority ethnic pupils in mainly white schools: a paper by DfES.
An important contemporary multicultural site is Shamiana. This site supported by the V & A presents a world wide project using textiles which has united groups of women and children in the creation of a unique collection of textile panels.
Other sites which provide access to Indian artists are indiancultureonline.
The Shorewood collection provides prints and posters of art from many different cultures worldwide as well as links to museums and galleries Also see the museums page on this site). In Oxford there is the Ashmolian Museum with a broad collection of ethnic art.
For a variety of other links to multicultural resources and references that I have collected over the years click here.