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October 5-6, 2018
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Artists are often at the center of responding to inequality and as a result the arts in education field must hold space for these actions. When we respond to combat oppression we risk our professional, social and physical comforts, and as artists and educators, we have a responsibility to do so. James Baldwin said, “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” To better grapple with this timely assertion, we must ask, “how do we do that and how do we move the needle toward justice?” In the midst of school shootings and the overt injustice inflicted upon various groups, how do we address issues of safety and responsibility? The option to respond is no longer a choice; it is imperative to ensure progress in education and our society moving forward.

This summit will explore

  • What is our responsibility as artists and arts educators to address these issues?

  • What larger role can arts education play in responding to injustice to support the well-being of all learners?

  • How will our response impact the systems in which we operate, the spaces in which we work and learn, and our communities?

  • How do we maintain our own safety and practice self-care while responding to these injustices?

We will provide an exploratory and generative space for activism and liberating educational practices. Please join us as we come together to respond to our nation’s most pressing issues through the arts in education.


Request for Proposals


Submit a lab proposal...

At this Summit, our Labs offer the opportunity to bring a challenge that you are grappling with in your work to a room of thinkers and doers. The format asks leaders to introduce a question, demonstrate that question or challenge through an activity, and invite the group to experiment with ideas to further the questions and brainstorm potentials responses. The Lab should also explore larger implications of these questions for the participants in the room and the field at large. 

Lab sessions are exploratory and generative workshops for activism and liberating arts in education practices. The "lab" format allows the leader and participants to examine our assumptions, approaches and best practices in answering the question your lab will explore. Labs reflect diverse opinions and voices, including people and students beyond the HGSE community. 

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Friday, October 5, 2018

  • 3:00 Arrival & Registration
  • 4:00-4:15 Welcome 
  • 4:15-6:00 Opening Plenary
  • 6:15-7:00 Dinner
  • 7:15-8:15 Praxis Group Sessions

Saturday, october 6, 2018

  • 9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30-9:45 Welcome 
  • 9:45-10:45 Keynote Address
  • 11:00-12:30 Lab #1
  • 12:45-1:45 Praxis Group Sessions and Lunch
  • 2:00-3:30 Lab #2
  • 3:45-4:45 Praxis Group Session
  • 5:00-7:00 Group Reflection and Closing 



Micia mosely, Keynote

Micia Mosely, a comedian and educator who earned her Ph.D. in education from U.C. Berkeley, keeps audiences learning & laughing in a variety of contexts and venues. Mosely’s one-woman show, "Where My Girls At?" (an off-Broadway comedy about Black lesbians) was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award (Best Solo Performance). Currently, she performs her brand of social justice stand up comedy across the country.

She began her career teaching high school social studies in San Francisco and went on to work as a coach with The National Equity Project and a National Training Specialist with The Posse Foundation. Mosely's research and practice focuses on equity, race, and urban education. She is also known for her one-woman show “Where My Girls At?” a comedy about Black Lesbians. She stays connected to teaching as lecturer at UMass Boston and an Induction Mentor for the residency program a Teachers College, Columbia University. Mosely spends the majority of her time as the founding Executive Director of The Black Teacher Project, an organization committed to recruiting, developing and sustaining Black teachers for schools in the United States.

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