Culturally Grounded Afterschool Arts Programming: Social–Emotional Benefits for Indigenous Students

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,9
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. apply a strengths-based approach to facilitate the development of social and life skills for culturally diverse students as outlined by the NASP Practice Model.
  2. examine the benefits of implementing culturally grounded after-school art programming as a mechanism of strengthening social–emotional resilience.
  3. describe and explain the implications for identifying as an Indigenous student and attending urban educational settings.


This session engages participants in understanding the implications of attending urban educational settings and the importance of art and cultural programming for Indigenous students. Recent empirical findings regarding culturally salient afterschool art programming as a means of strengthening social–emotional skills will be reviewed. Practitioners will learn how culturally relevant programming can support Indigenous students within their school community through participation in a hands-on activity that applies social–emotional enhancing principles reviewed during the session.



Vesna Pepic, Northern Arizona University
Sheena Greenstone, Northern Arizona University


Yolanda E. Garcia


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