Civic Literacy and Art Education: Resisting an Interpassive Civics Through Art’s Dismeasure

  • Nadine M. Kalin
Part of the Creativity, Education and the Arts book series (CEA)


This chapter contemplates the police order of neoliberalism and its impact on democratic imaginaries of creativity education. The writings of Jacques Rancière are used to grasp the frictions and potentialities between neoliberal forms of schooling and democratic pedagogies in art education. Throughout, I ruminate on the following question: What if art education could be reconceived as a site of experimentation with democratic political engagement so that civic learning might create and transform subjectivities? In this endeavor, I examine the interdisciplinary theme of civic literacy from within the Partnership for 21st Century Skills’ Map for the Arts in order to ponder the bringing together of creativity and citizenship education as a site of potential emancipation.


Creativity Neoliberalism Civics Rancière Democracy 21st century skills 


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  • Nadine M. Kalin
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  1. 1.Department of Art Education and Art HistoryUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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