What is it about?

This article considers how learning about contemporary art with others through social interactions can elevate the learning experience for participants be encouraging relational connections. Connecting social learning theory with engagements with contemporary art can support a network of learning that helps to build the bonds between members of the community. How to make learning about contemporary art social is examined through the perspective of museum educators, an artist/ curator/ and educator, and bloggers and art enthusiasts. Each of their perspectives shows there are both formal and informal ways to broaden discourse about contemporary art by encouraging social interactions.

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Why is it important?

Learning together encourages interactions between members of the community without privileging the voice of any singular individual. Social learning is decentralized and thus has the potential to function as a democratic form of education.


I am grateful for the many contributors to this article who each shared how and why engaging with contemporary art with others has such personal meaning for them.

Maria de la Luz Leake
University of Nebraska at Kearney

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This page is a summary of: Social Engagements with Contemporary Art: Connecting Theory with Practice, Art Education, September 2014, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/00043125.2014.11519287.
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