Music and art have traditionally been ways for people around the world to display and relate their cultures. When multiculturalism is effectively integrated into a fine arts curriculum, students are able to connect to their own cultures as well as gain an appreciation and respect for other cultures. The following are ideas, suggestions, and links provided in order to help educators incorporate multiculturalism in teaching fine arts.
Ways to Incorporate Multiculturalism with the Arts
- Help students understand their cultural contexts through art and music.
Display and teach about art and music of various cultures, not just "classic" (European) styles.
Teach about different aesthetic perspectives.
Invite artists who represent local cultures into the classroom.
Discuss different forms of cultural expression.
This site allows individuals to take a virtual tour of the museum's exhibits and provides art educators with many excellent resources for lesson plans.
This site provides one example of how educators can integrate multiculturalism into music education, serving as a model for educators in lesson planning.
This site provides educators with many examples of Native American art.
This site provides articles as well as exhibits of Asian art; its high quality photos provide educators with resources for multicultural art lessons.
This site provides many multicultural art activities for young children.