National Art Education Foundation Research Grant Award - Who is American Today?
Who is American Today? Is an ongoing research project that aims to investigate what and who students consider "American" to be, and how digital media skills play a role in their civic identity. Leveraging the technological abilities of today's students who have been raised with digital technology and tools, this participatory arts-based project asks high school students from the United States to use digital storytelling to express their lived experiences in America today. Seeking to investigate the relationship between creativity and democracy, in this pilot study, with the goal of promoting skills necessary in a democratic society, especially focusing on the complimentary ability to autonomously articulate one’s own perspectives as well as to respond to that of others’. In a community of learners, high school students, an art educator, and a researcher explore the central question of “How can art education prepare students to be critical digital citizens?” This project uses widely-available creative digital tools to articulate student voice in ways that may surpass polarizing issues and create shared understandings about citizenship, and the pursuit of a common good. www.whoismerican.com