World Councillor

About: Allan Richards

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Dr. Allan Richards, a native of Jamaica, completed post graduate degrees in Mexico and the United States. He taught K-12, undergraduate and graduate students in art, mathematics, biology, and agricultural science before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Richards has lived, worked, studied, completed research, taught, and visited over 23 countries which continues to influence his research and teaching in Art Education. His research focuses on addressing issues of individuals who are deprived of social, political, and economic equality and justice. Allan Richards believes art education is fundamental and a powerful vehicle that engages students to foster and sustain human rights. Alzheimer’s disease is another focus of his research. Dr. Richards served as Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University, Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Chair of the President’s Commission on Diversity both at the University of Kentucky.



Our global community is changing in many different ways. In some ways, it is changing for the better and in other ways, it appears that the changes are counterproductive to a humanistic engaging society. As we witness on a daily basis the inhumane treatment that is handed out to the less fortunate in society, Allan Richards believes in the power of the arts to change our undesirable instincts and our circumstances in life. As World Councilor, he is committed to broadening the dialog among colleagues about the practice of arts education to prepare students for their future, a future that respects the tints, tones, and shades of humanity.

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Allan Richards earned his doctorate in art education in the United States. He received his master’s and bachelor degrees in fine arts in Mexico, and received his teacher education and agricultural science training in Jamaica. Richards is currently a tenured professor at the University of Kentucky. His research in arts education is in multicultural education, learning and cognitive development, pedagogical approaches, preparing students for their future in an uncertain world, and improving the quality of life for persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Allan Richards has presented his research in over 23 countries.