Cunningham, James

Subject(s): Photography, Art Fundamentals and Design, Drawing and Painting, Art Major

James Cunningham is chairman of the Visual Arts Department at School Without Walls, where he has taught since 2008. Mr. Cunningham has 25 years of teaching experience. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Science in Art Education at Bowie State University, as well as a Master of Art Education and a Master of Art (drawing/printmaking) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Cunningham has taught art at Anacostia Senior High School; Dunbar Senior High School; P. R. Harris Education Center; Occoquan Academic and Vocational School within the DC Department of Corrections in Lorton, VA; Maryland College of Art and Design; and as adjunct professor of the SEMA Program at University of DC.

Mr. Cunningham’s commitment to art and his students is demonstrated in the many projects and collaborations in the arts community. Along with his colleagues at School Without Walls, he opens doors and creates opportunities for his students and provides consistent guidance, support and content rigor. Mr. Cunningham is a member of the DCPS Africa Initiative. Through this program, he has attended professional development programs on Africa, organized student participation in related State Department activities, and has helped send students to East and West Africa. In collaboration with Fulbright-Hays Scholars who traveled to West Africa in summer 2001, and with assistance from students and colleagues, Mr. Cunningham designed and organized the Africa Resource Center at Anacostia Senior High School. His artistic talents, creative vision, and commitment to Africa are evident to anyone visiting the center. The Africa Resource Center will be a venue for future educational programming and a repository of artifacts and materials on Africa available to the entire DCPS system.