Shana Cinquemani has worked as a museum educator, preschool teaching assistant and elementary and middle school art teacher. Her research interests are grounded in theories of early childhood art education, the conceptualization of children’s art as a meaningful socio-cultural practice, connections between art and play, curriculum inquiry and theory, ethical research practices with children and relationships between children and adults in the art classroom space.
Cinquemani has published her research in The Journal of Art Education, Bank Street College of Education’s Occasional Papers and The Journal of Visual Inquiry, and she has a chapter in the edited text Communities of Practice: Art, Play, and Aesthetics in Early Childhood. She is currently working on a publication related to ethical practice in teaching and research with young children. In addition, she has presented her research at various national and international conferences, including the National Art Education Association, Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education, The International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry and various state art education conferences. She currently serves as president of the Early Childhood Art Educators Interest Group for the NAEA and on the editorial review board for The Journal of Art Education.