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Apr 1

Decolonizing Arts Education with BLM at Schools

April 1, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


On April 1st, Black Lives Matter at Schools and the Teaching Artists Guild will partner on a special professional development opportunity for teaching artists that focuses on the ongoing activations and reflections from BLM at Schools’ Year of Purpose, which aims to uplift Black students and undo institutional racism. The centerpiece of the Year of Purpose is asking educators to reflect on their own work in relationship to antiracist pedagogy and abolitionist practice, persistently challenging themselves to center Black lives in their classrooms. Workshop facilitators from Black Lives Matter at Schools, Teaching Artists Guild, Zinn Education Project, and Creative Generation will partner on this event.

The first workshop in the series will have two parts. The first half will be a recorded discussion and Q&A on issues that Teaching Artists face with schools districts and employers that are banning reading material in their classrooms. They will also share resources for teaching artists to use in expanding their curriculum with a lens to Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how to start conversations with their employers about broadening the canon of artists that are represented in their programming.

After the panel, participants will have the opportunity to have an intimate conversation with each panelist in a breakout room.

Each break out room will be led by a panelist and go into a unique issue that their organization is helping teaching artists resolve. Examples that the breakout rooms can address are dealing with banned books, how to highlight Black artists in your residency, or how to start a conversation about EDI with your employer. A NAC member from TAG will help take notes and type up resources discussed in the rooms that will be shared to the main group. This collective knowledge will be the starting point for a larger resource to be made out of this PD series and shared on the TAG website.

About the $5 fee:

For this event, we are charging a modest $5 registration fee to help pay our facilitators and hosts. If this fee is a barrier to your participation in the event, please reach out to us at info@teachingartists.com for a promo code.


Auto-generated captions will be available during all sessions. We commit to providing ASL Interpretation if requested two weeks before the event. Access needs can be requested at the time of registration or you can reach out to info@teachingartists.com to discuss your needs in advance of registering.


April 1, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm