Faculty Profiles

Cindy Maguire

Communications, College of Arts and Sciences

Blodgett Hall 111d

General Information



Ph.D., Art Education, New York University (2008)

M.A., Art and Art Education, California State University, Long Beach (2000)

B.A.E., Visual Art Education, University of Kansas (1985)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

Exploring International Humanitarian Law, Educator Training American Red Cross International Services

Teachers College, Columbia University Peace Education Center, New York. Area of specialization: Pedagogy and methodologies of Peace Education

University of California, Los Angeles, CA., Center X. Area of specialization: Educational Leadership

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Early Adolescence through Young Adult Art 2001-2011.

Single Subject Art preK-12: Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania,

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

Co-director and founder ArtsAction Group, an international community-based collective committed to facilitating arts initiatives with children and youth in conflict-affected environments. artsaction.org

Co-founder and teaching artist Creative Art Start, an after-school and summer arts camp focused on creativity, innovation, inventions and play. creativeartstart.com

Professional Development STEM to STEAM (elementary, secondary, post-secondary). steaminaction.com

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

My belief that education can contribute to a more just society and world provides the foundation of my philosophy of teaching in the arts. My work towards carrying out this vision as an artist and an educator is informed by my teaching, my art practice and a series of core values. These values are comprised of respect for self and others, valuing difference, reflective practice, and social responsibility. While each informs my work as an artist and educator, it is the interrelationship between them that provides the basis for the personal and social transformation I believe possible through art education.

I take an eclectic approach to my teaching, drawing upon different approaches to art education including multicultural, visual culture, community-based, social justice and arts integration. Through a combination of these approaches, my curriculum and pedagogy aims to promote in my students, and myself a deeper understanding of who we are in relation to ourselves as well as to the broader social and cultural landscape in which we live. The arts are often the sole remaining place in the curriculum where embodied, experiential learning still exists, where interacting with materials forms the basis for extended critical learning, risk taking, creative play, and innovative expression. Creating these kinds of spaces as a way of assisting my students with linking theory to practice is a primary aim in my teaching.

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