Vivian Poey is an artist and educator, and director of the M.Ed. in Community Arts program.
Professional Title: Associate Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Inquiry in the visual arts; identity and assimilation; arts as a medium for connecting with communities; visual arts; photography
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Visual arts; art education; integrating arts into the curriculum
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Principles and Practices of Art Education; Seminar and Inquiry for Art Educators; Art and Culture in Community
Education: BA, University of South Florida; MFA, Rhode Island School of Design; EdM, Harvard University
Before joining Lesley, Vivian was a mentor in a photography apprenticeship program for high school students at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, and was an artist in residence in Pittsburgh public high schools. She then became an artist teacher at the Children's Studio Public Charter School for the Arts and Architecture in Washington DC. As an artist and educator, Vivian engages the arts as a process of investigation both in and out of the classroom. Her photographic work examines issues ranging from nationalism and cultural assimilation to beauty, nostalgia and the passing of time. In the classroom she challenges students to engage in research as they investigate multiple perspectives on their subject matter and develop extensive art based projects.
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