PAST PROGRAMS 2016-17

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Day of Learning for Arts Educators: Putting Equity into Practice

What role should the arts education community play in addressing issues of equity and inclusion? What space can the arts offer our communities, especially given our political climate? And, how much can we push the envelope while maintaining our sanity? For the second year in a row, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable hosted a Day of Learning, bringing together teaching artists, educators, administrators and advocates to discuss practical steps in addressing this pertinent topic and its impact on our communities. The day was filled with resources, best practices and healthy dialogue, to continue to move beyond the discussion and into action.

Keynote Speaker:  Darnell Moore, Founding Member of Black Lives Matter and Senior Correspondent with Mic.com
Darnell L. Moore is a senior editor and correspondent at Mic and co-managing editor at The Feminist Wire. He is the host of The Movement, a critically acclaimed digital docu-series. He is writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University and is presently working on a memoir tentatively titled, No Ashes In The Fire.

Schedule of Events:
9:30 am:  Doors open / Registration begins
10:00 am:  Welcome and Opening Remarks
11:00 am:  Breakout Sessions
Session 1:  Anti-Racist Practice for Teaching Artists
Session 2:  Building Authentic Community Engagement
Session 3:  Creating Change from Within: Nurturing Cultures of Inclusion and Equity
12:30 pm:  Lunch
1:30 pm:  All conference session
2:30 pm:  Keynote Speech
3:00 pm:  Performance by Alternate Names of Black Boys and conversation with Darnell Moore
3:50 pm:  Closing Remarks
Light breakfast and lunch were provided.

DAY OF LEARNING BREAK OUT SESSIONS:
Session 1: Anti-Racist Practice for Teaching Artists with Chelsea Gregory and Shamilia McBean
This session explored the many ways an anti-racist approach strengthens our work as teaching artists and expands our capacity to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The session was interactive, engaging participants through dialogue, experiential learning and information sharing.

Facilitator Bio: Chelsea Gregory is a veteran teaching artist and social justice educator who consults with schools, social service agencies, non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. She has organized around racial justice for over a decade and is an active member of Artists Co-creating Real Equity, an affinity group of The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond (www.pisab.org.) She is also a community-engaged artist working at the intersection of arts and racial justice, and her work is featured in Jlove Calderon's book "Occupying Privilege" as well as the Every 28 Hours project's "10 Steps Towards Greater Cultural Competency." She is currently working on a project called "Bamboo in Bushwick" that examines the role of artists in the dynamics of gentrification, and another called "Reparations 365" that engages Brooklyn residents in conversations about what reparations could look like. For more information, please visit her website at www.chelseagregory.com.

Session 2: Building Authentic Community Engagement with Robyne Walker Murphy
Many arts organizations are embarking on initiatives to engage communities of color. However, often these efforts fall short of authentic engagement because arts administrators fail to ask themselves, “Is our house in order?” before they begin to invite guests into their spaces.   In this workshop we explored principles of authentic community engagement using a racial justice lens.

Facilitator Bio:  Robyne Walker Murphy is a nationally recognized art and social justice educator and administrator.  In November, she began her appointment as the new Executive Director of Groundswell. Robyne served as director of membership development and engagement at the National Guild for Community Arts Education, where she created the Guild's first network for leaders of color in the arts, ALAANA (African, Latin, Asian, Arabic, Native American).  Prior to the Guild, she served as the Director of the DreamYard Art Center for seven years. During that time she helped lead the organization through the development of arts and social justice programming and community engagement initiatives.  Under her direction, DreamYard Art Center was recognized by the White House as one of the top 12 out of school programs in the nation, Her writing on social justice education has been featured in Teachers and Writers and Teaching Artist Guild magazines. She has delivered keynote addresses on liberatory education at the University of Chicago and the Seattle Museum of Art. Robyne resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Tarik Murphy and her son, Ras.

Session 3: Creating Change from Within: Nurturing Cultures of Inclusion and Equity with Dorcas Davis
Improving communication transforms partnerships and supports dialogue between individuals and in an organization - which changes organizational culture from the inside out. The workshop offered ways effective communication and difficult conversations can support goals of inclusion and equity in your organization. We explored and practiced effective communication through a fully experiential and dynamic approach using real world examples. Participants left equipped to initiate and/or further the conversation for change within their own organizations.

Facilitator Bio: Dorcas Evelene Davis is an educator, writer, performer and applied theatre practitioner.  She has 14 years of education and management experience in New York City and internationally. Dorcas designs and implements adult learning programs focused on effective communication, equity and inclusion, and leadership coaching using drama techniques. Locally, she offers her workshops through the Administration of Children’s Services, CUNY School of Professional Studies and Creative Arts Team. Internationally, she has worked in Rwanda with drama teachers and in Chile with school leaders. She is also the founder of multi-cultural theater and educational company, SmilingDown Productions and a graduate of the MA in Applied Theatre at CUNY School of Professional Studies. Dorcas believes in the power and influence of progressive change-agents and is proud to offer work that directly supports them.

 

Tax Tips for Individuals in the Arts with Dominic Comperatore

Dominic Comperatore, professional actor and founder of Empire Tax Prep, focused on key issues regarding your taxes.  He discussed many aspects of how the process works, including specific pitfalls to watch out for, exemptions, deductions, W4 and W2 forms, record keeping and audits. Handouts with worksheets and information were provided.

 

Food for Thought: A Potluck Meeting

Fellow Roundtable members celebrated over an evening of food for the body and the brain. In the current political climate, there is so much for the arts education community to discuss. We came together as a community to share both food and ideas as we considered what lies ahead for our field. 

 

Arts Education and District 75: Best Practices for Partnering with the Largest Special Education District in the Nation

The NYC Department of Education's District 75 provides citywide educational, vocational, and behavior support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, are severely emotionally challenged, sensory impaired and/or multiply disabled. District 75 consists of 56 school organizations, home and hospital instruction and vision and hearing services.

An interactive panel discussion about working with schools, educators, and students of District 75 focused on the following: What do program administrators need to know to set up a partnership with District 75? What does a TA need to know before going in? Where can you go to get the information or training that you need?

Moderated by Lisa Dennett, Executive Director, I.D.E.A.S., panelists included: Kathy London, Director of Arts for District 75, Barbara Tremblay, Principal of P721K, Stefanie Singer, Project Director for Urban Arts Partnership's EASE Program, and Stephen Yaffe, Chairperson of the Arts in Special Education Consortium.

 

Teaching Artists Meet-Up: World of Teaching Artistry 2016: Political Turmoil, Differentation 

A Roundtable meet-up session with arts education professionals discussed the following questions: What does it mean to be a teaching artist in 2016? How do you approach teaching during a time of great change and transition in our country? #Fall16NYCTAMeetUp

 

Roundtable Season Kick-Off Event! "Neuroscience and Creativity - Improvisation and the Brain" with Heather Berlin and Baba Brinkman 

The Roundtable's Season Kick-off Event: an evening with cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin and hip-hop playwright Baba Brinkman explored how improvisation affects how the brain works.

In an excerpt of their show Off the Top, Berlin and Brinkman explored what goes on in a brain when someone is improvising. Berlin talked about the neuroscience of creativity and Brinkman demonstrated with some crowd interaction and improvised performance.

This fun and engaging event provided broader and deeper knowledge of neuroscience and creativity, allowing for a new approach in the development of effective arts and learning programs.

 

Arts Education and District 75: Best Practices for Partnering with the Largest Special Education District in the Nation


The NYC Department of Education's District 75 provides citywide educational, vocational, and behavior support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, are severely emotionally challenged, sensory impaired and/or multiply disabled. District 75 consists of 56 school organizations, home and hospital instruction and vision and hearing services.

Hosted by Roundabout Theater Company, an interactive panel discussion focused on working with schools, educators, and students of District 75, and answered the questions: What do program administrators need to know to set up a partnership with District 75? What does a TA need to know before going in? Where can you go to get the information or training that you need?

Moderated by Lisa Dennett, Executive Director, I.D.E.A.S., panelists included: Kathy London, Director of Arts for District 75, Barbara Tremblay, Principal of P721K, Stefanie Singer, Project Director for Urban Arts Partnership's EASE Program, and Stephen Yaffe, Chairperson of the Arts in Special Education Consortium.