The faculty at the Florida State University Department of Art Education is proud to present a new academic journal, Journal of Art for Life, which is dedicated to the premise that art is life-enhancing. Art for Lifeis the philosophy which guides our three graduate programs: art education, art therapy, and arts administration and is based on the tenets put forth in the book, Art for Life, written by Tom Anderson and Melody Milbrandt.The power of art for social justice and societal change is not only infused in our philosophy, but is the overarching theme that pervades our curriculum and coursework. To this end, the mission of the journal is:
•The Journal of Art for Life is a national, refereed journal focused on art 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.
•The journal accepts articles that are theoretical, research-based, and those that address the practical applications of art for life in educational, therapeutic, and other institutional contexts, including museums. We seek social criticism related to art and art education; inquiry into potential areas of exploration regarding art in society, especially focused on social justice and other crucial issues; psychological perspectives, including therapeutic programs which emphasize arts interventions; and investigations into possible roles for arts institutions as cultural organizations that benefit people’s lives. We also seek practical applications, strategies, and position papers about art and its relationship to the enhancement of life for individuals and the societies in which we live, in art education, art therapy and arts administration contexts.
In furtherance of this mission, we welcome manuscripts on the topics outlined above. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, please see the back inside cover for submission details or visit our website at http://arted.fsu.edu/Journal-of-Art-for-Life. The journal will be published biannually and will be available in both electronic and hard copy formats. If you have questions, please contact the editorial staff. We look forward to hearing from you and serving you through a journal that will inspire your creativity and challenge your beliefs.