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Dr. Amanda Linn (AR '05)

Institute Facilitator

Arkansas Leadership Academy
Fayetteville, AR

At the time of the Award, Dr. Amanda Linn was:

Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School
Little Rock, AR

Subject(s) taught: Art
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

When art teacher Amanda Linn's students began work on a mural about Japanese-Americans detained in internment camps in South Arkansas during World War II, they had no idea it would lead to a trip to Los Angeles where they would unveil the mural at the Japanese-American Art Institute. Nor did they envision having a chance to share their experience of painting the mural with elderly internment camp survivors and family members. It was yet another achievement in a stellar track record that includes 11 years at Harmony Grove High School in Benton, where she transformed a non-existent art department into an exemplary program, expanding enrollment in art courses from 30 students to approximately 150—more than one-third of the student population. Incorporating social issues, history and writing into the study of art, Ms. Linn requires students to research, reflect and write about a work of art before and after creating it. Many would agree that Amanda Linn's teaching is a work of art in itself.