Growing Tolerance Through International Arts Education

Dr. D. Rose Elder
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An October 2005 Pew survey determined that 42 percent of Americans, an increase from 30% in December 2002, think that the United States should “mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own.” In this domestic context, helping students to understand international relations and to respect and appreciate other peoples and cultures takes on a special urgency. This paper describes pre-travel undergraduate studies of history, politics, culture, and specifically the arts of Ghana and details the one-month study tour schedule of mornings engaging in community service, afternoons participating in the creation of art in Ghanaian form and style such as batiking, beadmaking, drummaking and carving, and evenings observing drum and dance groups and listening to traditional storytellers and lecturers on Ghanaian life. This intensive, hands-on, experiential course promotes attitude change for increased tolerance and cultural understanding.

Keywords: International Arts Education, Ghana, Service-Learning, Rural Development, Teaching and Learning Tolerance
Stream: Arts Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Growing Tolerance Through International Arts Education

Dr. D. Rose Elder

Associate Professor and Area Coordinator, Humanities and Social Sciences, Arts, Sciences, and Business, Ohio State University-ATI

Currently on a brief sabbatical in Lefkosia, Cyprus, I am writing an academic book on Amish singing and a children's book about art in Cyprus while learning to play the bouzouki. My education in music history, theory, and composition with a parallel education in theology and sociology interweave into broad interests in all areas of justice and tolerance. Artists as teachers and lightning rods struggle to play a serious role in exposing the truths and fallacies of so-called modern, informed living and in framing both the beauty and terror of being alive, alone, powerful, and colonized.

Ref: A06P0142