On 6 July, 2007, a UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning was established at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. As some may know, the GSA Library lost a great number of its pre-1985 journal collections in the fire of the 23rd of May, including seminal publications such as The Studio and Dekorative Kunst, which were of great interest to researchers at the art school.
In addition to working with students who have mobility, visual, and hearing impairments, the Center assists a significant number of students with learning disabilities and many others with chronic impairments, such as diabetes, cancer, HIV infection, psychiatric illness, head trauma, and seizure disorders.
Arts integration has been shown by several rigorous studies to increase student engagement and achievement among youth from both low and high socioeconomic backgrounds (Catterall, Dumais, & Hampden-Thompson, 2012; Upitis & Smithrim, 2003, cited in Upitis 2011; Walker, McFadden, Tabone, & Finkelstein, 2011).
She has worked in the Actors Centre and the Field Day Theatre Company in Ireland, Dramaten in Stockholm, Norskspillersforbund in Norway, Holback Engstheatre in Denmark, and Bremen Opera Company in Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and the USA.
For example, when students learn about the colonization of the Americas in their Social Studies class, the teacher can use this opportunity to teach about the art of a local Native American tribe or when students read Langston Hughes in their English Language Arts class the teacher can teach about the artist of the Harlem Renaissance.