Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


Historically artistic expressions from marginalized groups have been negated and denied. Schools should affirm the importance of students' lives and languages through the arts. Students, parents, teachers and community artists were interviewed for insights on what is needed to build school arts programs that better reflect the community. Students have a hunger for historical and cultural knowledge that is not being satisfied by the current arts curriculum at the middle school. Arts teachers often lack the experience and training to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse students population. Parents want their children to be proud of their cultural heritage. People who have artistic cultural knowledge in our community should be treasured as invaluable resources. Involving the families of the children we teach is the only way to have a lasting impact and promote real change.


Thesis (M.A.) Institute for Advanced Studies in Education