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Karen Keifer-Boyd (October)
Each month, a different member and NAEA awardee is the guest writer for the NAEA Monthly Mentor Blog. This month’s mentor is Karen Keifer-Boyd, PhD, Professor of Art Education and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. She is a co-founder and editor of the journal Visual Culture & Gender. Her research on feminist pedagogy, visual culture, inclusion, disability justice, transdisciplinary creativity, cyberart activism, transcultural dialogue, and social justice arts-based research is published in 60+ publications and translated into several languages. She is a past president of the NAEA Women’s Caucus, a former Fulbright Scholar, and recipient of many awards and grants in the areas of social justice art education, gender barriers in technology, and more. She also serves on the NAEA Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Click "GO" to read her full bio.

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December 01, 2017

Season of Giving

From: Heidi O'Donnell

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I have so many thoughts and directions for my contribution to this blog buzzing around in my head; I sought out a colleague for advice. I was told, “Simply, start with today.”

You won’t be reading this for a few days, but today as I write, it’s ‘Giving Tuesday.’ Giving Tuesday started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to post-Thanksgiving consumerism – Black Friday and Cyber Monday…. Fueled by social media, Giving Tuesday has grown significantly and the benefits have reached many.

In the spirit of giving, I am thankful for how fortunate I am to have committed my life to arts education. By engaging in my passion, I have been blessed to give (and receive) so much over the years. As many of you recognize, giving in the teacher realm often extends beyond monetary means. [Blogger’s note: Yes, I acknowledge that many of us dole out a lot of cash to supplement our classroom and student needs – but let’s set that aside for the moment.] Teachers, by their very nature, are givers. We give to our students, to our peers, to our administrators, to our communities (whether they are local, state, or national), and even to ourselves. Our giving doesn’t happen once a year on a designated date as a reaction to societal trends, our giving happens daily through encouragement, support, listening, guiding, sharing… The list goes on.

As the year comes to a close and in the midst of the Season of Giving, I give to you over the course of this month, my time, my thoughts, my questions, my concerns, and my musings.

My first gift to you is a resource that some have found useful: https://www.pinterest.com/heidio73/boards/

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