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Artists / Emily Keown

Emily Keown
Visual Arts - Instruction, Fiber Arts

Emily Keown is a practicing fibers artist, teacher, and community leader. She holds a BFA and MFA in Fiber Arts, which is a fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. Emily has also received an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Her dissertation work explored the impact of an arts-based media literacy program on the leadership efficacy of adolescent girls.

Over the past decade, Emily has taught art in community centers, private art schools, community colleges, block parties of children, coffee shops of parents, and nursing homes. She has taught everyone from age one to ninety-seven. Her classes range from fiber to mosaic and painting to plaster. Emily is daring enough to teach everything except wheel throwing.

Emily is passionate about drawing small moments that could be quickly forgotten. She writes about teaching and reaching out, about mothers who doubt themselves, about confidence, about justice, about literacy, and fear. Emily researches and develops curriculum to reach out to youth and give them art and a language to share their truths. "I look for wonder in every move a child makes," she says. "I want to inspire that in everyone."

ARTreach is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides mentoring and art-related programs to a growing population of children at risk, children and adults with special needs, the elderly and others in need.