2044 Series: Anti-racist Praxis as Futurist Art and Design Pedagogy

Presented by the College of Visual Arts and Design and the Onstead Institute

The 2044 Series: Anti-racist Praxis as Futurist Art and Design Pedagogy is a series of virtual panel discussions that explore the frameworks of anti-racism, critical race theory and futurist praxis as methods of pedagogy in the fields of art and design.

The 2021 panel discussions highlight themes that challenge antiblack racism and cultural bias in the visual arts. The series was co-led by CVAD faculty Kathy Brown, Ph.D., assistant professor, Art Education, and Lauren Cross, Ph.D., assistant professor, Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies, who highlight national, regional, and local scholars, cultural workers, artists, and designers whose work embodies transformative anti-racist pedagogy and practice.

The series title comes from Bennett Caper’s “Afrofuturism, Critical Race Theory and Policing in the year 2044,” which imagines Afrofuturism and critical race theory as frameworks to understand how policing might be envisioned during a time in the future — the year 2044 — when the U.S.A. is projected to be a “majority-minority” country.

As scholars of color at a minority-serving institution, the 2044 series creators aimed to examine what it means to teach art and design in the present and in the world of the future that is more diverse and more equitable. In this way, the 2044 series considers the work inside the academy and in classrooms as political sites (or ruptures) and institutions of transformation to be ripe for inquiry.

Spring 2021 Sessions

Topic: Anti-racist Pedagogy in Art Education: K-12/Higher Education

Recorded: Feb. 12, 2021


Topic: Anti-racist Pedagogy in Design

Recorded: March 12, 2021


Topic: Anti-racist Pedagogy in Art and Museums

Recorded: April 9, 2021