Arts Education Community Mourns the loss of Maxine Greene

Respected educational philosopher, author, activist and teacher who influenced the shape of arts education, died earlier today.

By Jenny Clarke

Maxine Greene, who has been significant to many of us in the arts in education field, died on May 30, 2014, at age 96. She had been struggling with pneumonia for the past two weeks.

Dr. Greene was known as an educational philosopher, author, social activist and teacher who advanced experiential and inquiry-based learning. She influenced thousands of educators to bring the vitality of the arts to teachers and children.

Dr. Greene’s work has been an inspiration to many practitioners in the Roundtable community. Our Face to Face conference in April this year included a session entitled Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination: Why a Maxine Greene Center, which introduced the theories of aesthetic education based upon her work, which Dr. Greene was able to attend.

The Maxine Greene Center has created a website and a memorial wall where friends and colleagues are invited to leave a comment.

Memorial services are being planned by the family – an obituary is schedule to appear in the New York Times on Sunday June 1.

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