Who Are We?
"The Rhode Island School of Design's Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design recognizes the potentially transformative and consequential nature of engagement in and through the visual arts across the lifespan. We view access for all to high-quality art and design learning experiences as a matter of equity and social justice.
The Department recruits to its community, artists and designers who envision their future selves as agents of change in settings as diverse as K-12 schools, higher education, non-profit sector community-based organizations, as well as museums and galleries. Our students are provided with diverse learning opportunities across its degree offerings, engaged-learning and collegiate teaching courses and especially through its outreach initiative Project Open Door - a college access program for teens attending public high schools in Rhode Island's urban core cities. These opportunities make optimal use of RISD's extraordinary resources, particularly its studio and liberal arts faculty, Nature Lab, Fleet Library, the RISD Museum of Art, as well as the cross-registration agreement with Brown University. Further, our graduate students benefit from learning experiences and opportunities to effect change within the City of Providence, the State and across the nation.