The University of Arizona
About CAT Fellows
Creative Abolitionist Teaching (CAT) Fellows is a network that brings together artists and educators who teach in schools and universities to develop anti-racist pedagogies and curricula using the lens of contemporary arts. CAT enables Arizona Arts to impact the system of arts education locally and across the state. It recognizes systemic racism is a problem throughout the K-20 arts education pipeline. This pipeline refers to the interdependence between undergraduate and graduate arts programs and the feeder programs at the K-12 level. The University and Arizona Arts have a role to play in reshaping this pipeline through partnership with arts educators working in schools (many of whom are graduates of CFA programs). Artists and educators who teach in schools and universities can work together to tear down barriers that discourage students from continuing their arts education into post-secondary programs and build new methods and curriculum structures for inclusive excellence in and through the arts.