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Regional Conference


USSEA/InSEA Endorsed Virtual Conference Summer 2021


Conference Theme: 

Reimagining Inclusivity and Cultural Diversity in Art and Visual Culture Education


Through the 2021 USSEA/InSEA Endorsed Conference, we encourage educators of art and visual culture teaching and learning in classrooms, museums and community arts organizations to explore topics that directly impact cultural and social circumstances across the globe. Visual educators make space for and employ critical inquiry to assist learners in understanding their place in the world, cultural circumstances, and aid in finding solutions to local and global problems through imagistic engagement.


Artists, researchers, and teachers play ever-increasing roles in cultural (re)production (Grenfell, 2014; Jæger & Møllegaard, 2017) and learning (Dewey, 1934). Learning environments take on a variety of dynamics when cultures vary. Likewise, learners capture different take-aways based on prior knowledge and the goals or objectives set forth for or with them. However, methods of reaching all students from a variety of backgrounds in one learning space still remain a moving target. Additionally, how artists, researchers, and teachers manage past influences on present and future cultural complexities can be as diverse as the histories themselves.


Given the inclusion of more technologies that easily interrupt socio-cultural developments, contemporary art and visual culture education has a bolder, more distinct purpose than ever before. “The proliferation of digital images reflects the power of the ‘media sphere,’ the conventions of photographic journalism shape civic knowledge, and visual advertisements instill anxieties and capture the attention of viewing publics” (Mannay, Fink & Lomax, 2019). New media technologies have become a daily part of global lives on a variety of levels, but all have been impactful directly or indirectly. The methods with which artists and educators incorporate new technologies into learning spaces depend upon multiple variables including, but not limited to, the cultural or social background of the learners and educators. 


Through the 2021 USSEA/InSEA Endorsed Conference, guests will have opportunities to explore diversified workshops, presentations and panels over the span of three days. The purpose is to provide space for attendees to resolutely investigate the relationships between culturally diverse inclusive dynamics and the learning spaces we inhabit.


Keynote speakers include:

Angela LaPorte, National Ziegfeld Award winner, 2021

Petra Šobáňová, International Ziegfeld Award winner, 2021

Fiona Blaikie, International Ziegfeld Award winner, 2020

Patty Bode, National Ziegfeld Award winner, 2020



Dewey, J. (1934). Art as experience. New York, NY: Tarcher Perigee.

Grenfell, M. (Ed.). (2014). Pierre Bourdieu: Key concepts. London, England: Routledge.

Mannay, D., Fink, J. & Lomax, H. (2019). Visual ethnography. SAGE Research Methods Foundations. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Jæger, M.M. & Møllegaard, S. (2017). Cultural capital, teacher bias, and educational success: New evidence from monozygotic twins. Social Science Research, 65, 130-144.



When: July 15-17, 2021


Where: Online via Zoom


For further information, contact:

-       Mara Pierce, PhD at  

-       Ryan Shin, PhD at

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