Joanna Black is an Associate Professor of Art Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba and is cross-appointed to the School of Art as an Adjunct Professor. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education OISE/UT where she studied the topsy-turvy power relationships between students and teachers in virtual art classrooms. At OISE/UT she developed an interest in digital technologies pertaining to video, animation, web design, photographic compositing, desktop publishing, and new media productions in relation to arts education teaching and learning. Her current research involves examining the impact of artistic digital media to advance education practices in our current era in which visual culture dominates. Prior to her doctorate, she obtained her Masters of Arts from Concordia University in art education; her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto; and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, Canada in Visual Arts and English.
Joanna Black has worked as an Arts Educator for three years at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, as a curator for two years at the Marietta-Cobb Fine Arts Centre, Atlanta, Georgia, and as a public school teacher at the secondary level for close to twelve years in the Toronto District School Board in two specialized arts education programs called “Arts Advantage” and “CyberARTS”. Moreover, for three years, Dr. Black worked as an Art Director for the “Inner City Angels”, a private artists in the schools program in which she was responsible for overseeing 150 artists placed in 250 elementary schools in the Metropolitan Toronto area. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Print and Drawing Council of Canada, the Ontario Society for Education through Art, the Cobb Arts Council, the Children’s Discovery Museum of Toronto, and she has been on the Steering Committee for the Toronto Coalition for Arts in Education. She has also worked as a jury member for the Ontario and Manitoba Arts Council’s Creative Artists in the Schools Programs. In addition, Joanna Black has co-chaired two conferences: the annual convention for the Ontario Society for Education through Art, and a provincial conference called, “Arts and the Environment”. Dr. Black is presently serving as an Executive Board Member of the Art Education Technology (AET) a subgroup of the National Art Education Association (NAEA); as a former Executive Board Member of Freeze Frame, dedicated to promoting video and animation to Manitoba youth; and as an Executive Board Member for the Manitoba Association for Education (MAAE).