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Keynote for 2021 summer conference

Angela LaPorte

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Angela LaPorte is the current USSEA president and a professor and the director of the Art Education Program for the School of Art at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on Arts and Education, co-editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education, and the equity, diversity, and inclusion advisor for the Arkansas Art Educators’ Association. Her research and teaching interests include art education inquiry around equity, diversity, and inclusion in art education across social, generational, and cultural boundaries, focusing on understanding and reducing the implicit barriers that so often segregate individuals and communities. Dr. LaPorte contributed multiple chapters to books published by the National Art Education Association, including one she edited (Community Connections: Intergenerational Links in Art Education), and has published numerous scholarly papers in national and international refereed journals including Studies in Art Education, The International Journal of Education Through Art, International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, The International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education, Artizein: Art and Teaching Journal, and Art Education and the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. She received the 2021 Ziegfeld Award, named a Kenneth Marantz Fellow in 2019, and distinguished with the Ziegfeld National Award for Outstanding Service in 2003 by the United States Society for Education Through Art. The Arkansas Art Education Association honored her with the 2010 Arkansas Art Educator of the Year and twice (2006/2019) as the Arkansas Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.

​Patty Bode

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If not we, then who? Activating antiracism and critical racial consciousness in art education

Dr. Patty Bode weaves a tapestry of teaching and leadership in PK-12 public schools, higher education teacher preparation programs and community settings. Her goal to equip teachers and professors to prepare their students to be full participants in our multicultural democracy is rooted in anti-racism and anti-bias activism in art education. Patty has worked in PK12 public schools for over 20 years as an art teacher, curriculum leader and middle school principal, and in higher education settings for over 10 years in teaching and leadership. She focuses on innovative teaching, curriculum transformation, and social justice leadership, through art integration and community partnerships. She is the recipient of several awards and grants from the National Art Education Association, the National Association for Multicultural Education, and the Anti-Defamation League. Her book, co-authored with Sonia Nieto is the 7th edition of Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (2018) and is used by teacher education programs nationally and internationally. Patty is the founder of the Remember Love Recovery Project, and Coordinator of Art Education at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. 



Fiona Blaikie

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Fiona Blaikie has a Ph.D. in art education from the University of British Columbia. She is Professor of visual arts education at Brock University, and from 2010 to 2015 she served as Dean of the Faculty of Education. From 2015 to 2019 she was Chief Examiner of Visual Arts for the International Baccalaureate Organization.   


Fiona is devoted to her graduate students. She also enjoys service work which encompassed fifteen years in university administration and community work with non-profit organizations such as Arts and Heritage Thunder Bay, Ontario, for which she was awarded Trillium Funding to create the ongoing Community Arts and Heritage Education Project ( Fiona has served as President of CSEA, and as a World Councilor for InSEA. Currently, Fiona is a member of the Steering Committee for the Arts Education Research Institute (AERI) and is Program Director for the 2021 Fall Symposia. She is a member of the Posthumanism Research Institute at Brock University.  


Fiona’s scholarship has moved from aesthetic values inherent in studio art assessment practices to shifting visual and cultural identity constructs encompassing affect, weak theory, new materialism, worlding, and posthumanism. Fiona has won numerous awards, most recently, the 2020 USSEA International Ziegfeld Award for scholarship and global impact in visual arts education. Her edited collection Visual and Cultural Identity Constructs of Global Youth and Young Adults: Being, Becoming and Belonging has just been published (2021) by Routledge.  

Petra Šobáňová

Petra Šobáňová works at the Department of Art Education, Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc as an associate professor in the field of didactics of art education. In addition to art pedagogy, she specialises in the field of museum and gallery pedagogy and has earned the accreditation for the study programs of Museum and Gallery Pedagogy and Education in Culture. She participates in a number of research-based, developmental or methodological projects, either as the main researcher or as a co-researcher and external collaborator. She has published dozens of papers and a number of monographs, and has founded the peer-reviewed journal Kultura, umění a výchova [Culture, Art, and Education] of which she is the editor-in-chief. She is currently the chair of the expert committee for the Ph.D. study program Art Pedagogy and the guarantor of this study program. She is engaged in supervising Ph.D. students, and other professional activities (e.g. she is a member of scientific councils and journal editorial boards). Since 2015, she has acted as the head of the Czech section of INSEA and has been contributing to its development ever since. She was re-elected as the head of the organisation in 2019. During her tenure, she renewed the Newsletters of the Czech Section of INSEA, established a web portal and organized a number of educational events for teachers.

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