Counternarratives: Rethinking Teaching Artistry

Recorded On: 10/22/2019


 About this Webinar

In this interactive session, participants will join a lively conversation between teaching artist, Jeannette Rodriguez Pineda, and researcher-writer, Dennie Palmer Wolf. Referencing Animating Democracy’s Aesthetic Perspectives framework, these two thinkers and activists will discuss key points from the Teaching Artist Companion to the framework, which they co-authored.  In the Companion, they explore how teaching artists introduce young people to the many ways in which the arts build identity, reclaim life narratives, raise questions, and speak out for social change. The session will feature visual arts work done with young women who are court involved and middle school classrooms where theater is a forum for out-loud empathy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Get an introduction to the framework, Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change
  • Learn how the framework provides a powerful language for capturing and communicating the work of teaching artists
  • Experience how the framework can inform teaching artistry in fields as different as visual arts and theater

Dennie Palmer Wolf

Principal Researcher, WolfBrown

Dennie Palmer Wolf is a lead researcher at WolfBrown, an international firm specializing in arts and cultural research and planning. She trained at Harvard Project Zero and has taught at Harvard and Brown Universities. Currently, her work focuses on the design, implementation, evaluation, and research on projects that help young people and their families’ gain equitable access to learning, culture, and creativity, in and outside of formal institutions. Most recently, Wolf has worked as a thought partner with organizations that work at the intersection of the arts, social justice, and community development, with the aim of ensuring that every child can learn, imagine, and contribute.


Jeannette Rodriguez Pineda

Artist and Arts Educator

Jeannette Rodriguez Pineda is a mixed media artist and art educator living and working between Queens and Santo Domingo . She is an active book and zine artist and uses those media to explore urban communities ranging from honoring peoples’ everyday artistry to community development. She teaches for many youth-serving arts programs, including Groundswell, Queens Museum, Studio Museum of Harlem, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She founded MOVIMIENTO, a free bilingual hiking initiative that fosters inclusion and equity in the outdoors. Look for her on trails, mountains, and in streambeds any time.

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