Laura Reeder

Laura Reeder

Lecturer in Art, Art Education

Dr. Laura Reeder is a Lecturer in the Boston University online Master of Art Education program. She teaches Advocacy and Policy in Arts Education at Boston University where she is also an alumna of the Art Education program.

Dr. Reeder maintains a dynamic balance of artistic, social, pedagogical, and policy practices. She has been Curriculum Coordinator for a 9-year U.S. Department of Education Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination research project titled Creative Classroom Collaboratives, studying arts integration and 21st Century skill development with Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and multiple high-poverty, high-density English Language Learner public schools on Long Island, NY. She is a former Associate Professor of Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art & Design (aka MassArt) where she was Director of the historic Saturday Studios program, serving approximately 500 elementary to high school youth and their families each year while providing contemporary arts teaching experience to undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Reeder’s research and advocacy bridge gaps between theory and activism in the everyday work of teaching and learning art. She cares deeply about inequities that limit a quality public education for so many learners in the United States. She is a teaching artist and an advocate for artists who teach in multiple communities. She recently completed a three-year editorial partnership with Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association as the Instructional Resources Coordinator. She collaborated for ten years with the New York State Council on the Arts to invigorate their policies and support for arts education partnerships while also directing Partners for Arts Education which provided funding, support, and advocacy for arts and cultural partners with schools in every county and borough in New York State. She sat on the National Council for Arts Education with Americans for the Arts as well as many other advisory groups to advance the importance of arts in learning.

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