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Date of Award

Summer 2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School of Art, Design and Art History


Karin Tollefson-Hall


The purpose of this study is to examine multicultural and intercultural art education in the commonwealth of Virginia. Multicultural and intercultural education are similar terms that share many characteristics but result in different outcomes. Multiculturalism promotes the understanding of diverse cultures, and interculturalism promotes positive communication between diverse cultures. The literature review analyzed similarities and differences between the two pedagogies, and inspired the development of questions for an electronic survey. The survey was disseminated to 926 members of the Virginia Art Education Association to examine the perceptions and uses of multiculturalism in Virginia art classrooms. The survey was also used to gain insight on art teachers comprehension of interculturalism, and if it is used in their classrooms. The results from the research generated recommendations for the field of art education, which suggest combining multicultural and intercultural pedagogies to encourage positive communication between diverse cultures.