"Aesthetic Engagement is the student's ability to participate in the arts, both a creator and as active audience member."
"Educators recognize that participation in the arts is not an elective aspect of education, but an integral component of student development as critical thinkers and learners."
(2005). Ability-based learning outcomes, p. 57.
Statements of the Ability
Over time the statements describing Aesthetic Engagement have evolved and changed. Below are links to statements of the ability
(from the "4-pagers") used from 1973 to the present:
Develop Knowledge, Understanding, and Responsiveness to the Arts and Knowledge and Understanding of the Humanities
(Green Bible, August 1973)
Understanding and Responding to Arts and Humanities (1974)
Educated Responsiveness to the arts and Humanities (1976)
Aesthetic Response (1981)
Aesthetic Responses (1984)
Aesthetic Responsiveness (1985)
Aesthetic Response (1992)
Aesthetic Engagement (2002)
||Acting Chair, Spring 2001
||Chair, 2006- 2007
Articles from Alverno Publications on Aesthetic Engagement
(2009) Aesthetic Engagement leads to growth, civic dialogue. Alverno Magazine, pgs.15-16 [PDF]
(2009) Art and activism: vital for our humanity. Alverno Magazine, pgs.18-19 [PDF]