Journal of Art for Life

The Journal of Art for Life (JAfL) is an international, refereed journal focused on art education, museum education, art therapy, and arts administration in authentic, real-world contexts toward the goal of social progress through the arts.  The journal is based on the instrumentalist premise that art has the power and potential to reflect and enhance the conditions of human experience. Through scholarly articles, the journal is an instrument for communicating the avenues by which the various forms of art intertwine and impact society and social justice.

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Call for Submissions


The Journal of Art for Life is welcoming submission for TWO upcoming special issues:

The Role of the Arts in the Learning Organization:  Schools. Museums. and Communities Using Systems Thinking Theory.  Deadline, October 1, 2016.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS


Intersections of Art Education, Art Therapy, Arts Administration and Art Museum Education for Underserved Populations. Deadline, January 31, 2017  CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS

Posted: 2016-06-27
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Vol 6, No 1 (2014): Fall 2014

From Senior Editor Tom Anderson:

This is my last issue as editor for The Journal of Art for Life. I am retiring after 34 years of service to the Florida State University Department of Art Education. It has been a rich and rewarding experience serving as editor, but now it’s time to pass the mantle and welcome Sara Scott Shields as the new senior editor of JAfL. Sara is a brilliant young scholar with her finger on the pulse of current trends and issues in art education, as well as a deep and abiding knowledge of traditional concerns. In addition, she is informed and curious about current topics and themes in arts administration and art therapy. The executive review committee, made up of members of the art education, arts administration, and art therapy faculty at FSU will continue to play an active role in supporting Sara as she sets a course and reviews submissions. One thing will not change. As in the past, the journal will continue make social justice its guiding principle, giving precedence to submissions that focus on an art-for-life orientation. If you have scholarly work you think fits this criterion, Sara welcomes your submissions, input, and support. I believe the future of the journal is in good hands and I urge you to submit your work and support The Journal of Art for Life.

Table of Contents


Farewell, and Welcome to New Editor PDF
Tom Anderson


Art On A Trash Can: Art For Life With A Twist PDF
Yichien Cooper
Artistic Self-Perceptions: Sociocultural Learning in the Elementary School PDF
Karen A. Heid
The Daily Masks and Socially Sensitive Identity: An Ethical and Aesthetical Proposal for Education in Brazil PDF
Denise Bussoletti, Vagner de Souza Vargas, Luana de Carvalho Kruger
iPads and Service Learning Join Hands for Lifelong Artistic Literacy PDF
Susan R. Whiteland
The Way We Get By: Aesthetic Engagement with Place PDF
Gregory Blair
Art and Art Education in the Multicultural Society of South Korea PDF
Yoonjung Kang
Is This Cheap Kitsch Art? Analyzing What Aesthetic Value Is PDF
Cindy Hasio
The Expressive Teacher: Renewing Vitality through Arts-Based Professional Development PDF
Jane E. Dalton

Full Issue

Vol. 6 Issue 1 Fall 2014 Full Issue PDF