The ARtS (Aesthetic, Reflexive thoughts, & Sharing) Initiative is an innovative program for engaging children in reflexive thought about active citizenship in urban communities. This article explicates how children use art to imagine the alternatives in civic education. Using the heart metaphor as active citizenship, the authors illustrate how this organ connects citizens and pumps our desire for a better community through our veins, thus instigating social change. This article demonstrates the power of imagination to inspire students to conceptualize a more just society.
Moon, Seungho; Nelson, Jenna Mortensen; Hwang, Yeorim; and Danley, Mary. Heart Is Active Citizenship: Reimagining Civic Education. Creative Education, 8, 10: 1673-1681, 2017. Retrieved from Loyola eCommons, School of Education: Faculty Publications and Other Works, http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ce.2017.810113
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