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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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Schedule

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 
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Speakers

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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.

Learn more at www.miciamosely.com &  www.blackteacherproject.org.

Keynote Experience: Igniting The Radical Mindset-A Creative Exploration

Preparation is key in everything we do as artists, educators and activists. In order for us to be ready to challenge our assumptions and open ourselves to new, radical ways of thinking and being, we must  be intentional and deliberate. During this experience, led by social justice artivists educators, Robyne Walker Murphy (Groundswell-Brooklyn, NY), Austin Greene (DreamYard-Bronx, NY), and DonChristian Jones (Groundswell-Brooklyn, NY), participants will be guided through an inquiry-based, visual arts experience where they will create visionary images and mantras to carry them through the two day conference and beyond.

 ROBYNE WALKER-MURPHY, KEYNOTE  Robyne is a nationally recognized art and social justice educator and administrator.  In November of 2016, she began her appointment as Executive Director at Groundswell, New York City’s premier organization dedicated to advancing the practice of public artmaking.  Previous to her position at Groundswell, Robyne served as director of membership development and engagement at the National Guild for Community Arts Education, working closely with a national network of community arts organizations. Robyne created the Guild's first network for leaders of color in the arts, ALAANA (African, Latin, Asian, Arabic, Native American) to raise the profile of work being led by people of color (POC) in the arts, increase POC access to sustained resources, and invest in the growth and leadership of people of color in the field of community arts education. This role was deeply rooted in her work serving for seven years as the director of the DreamYard Art Center, located on the ground floor of an affordable housing unit in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. Under her leadership, DreamYard Art Center’s offerings expanded from three programs serving high school students to 16 multi-disciplinary art and college readiness programs for young people in grades PreK-12. In 2012, DreamYard Art Center was recognized by the White House as one of the top 12 out of school programs in the nation. Robyne accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony. During her tenure at DreamYard, Robyne also led the organization through the development of several arts and social justice programming and community engagement initiatives. She created and co-developed DreamYard’s Social Justice Pedagogy Team, a professional development series aimed at establishing important tenets of social justice education; creating common language across programs; exploring best practices; and learning from veteran social justice educators.  Robyne has conducted workshops about art and social justice at conferences and institutions across the country including: New York University, City College, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, the Bronx Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, and the National Guild’s Conference for Community Arts Education (Chicago/Los Angeles).  Her writing on social justice education has been featured in Teachers and Writers and Teaching Artist Guild magazines. Robyne is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she majored in English with an emphasis in African American Literature. She has delivered keynote addresses on liberatory education at the University of Chicago, Seattle Museum of Art and Harvard Graduate School of Education (November 2017).    Robyne obtained her MFA in acting from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. She resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Tarik Murphy and her son, Ras.

ROBYNE WALKER-MURPHY, KEYNOTE

Robyne is a nationally recognized art and social justice educator and administrator.  In November of 2016, she began her appointment as Executive Director at Groundswell, New York City’s premier organization dedicated to advancing the practice of public artmaking.  Previous to her position at Groundswell, Robyne served as director of membership development and engagement at the National Guild for Community Arts Education, working closely with a national network of community arts organizations. Robyne created the Guild's first network for leaders of color in the arts, ALAANA (African, Latin, Asian, Arabic, Native American) to raise the profile of work being led by people of color (POC) in the arts, increase POC access to sustained resources, and invest in the growth and leadership of people of color in the field of community arts education. This role was deeply rooted in her work serving for seven years as the director of the DreamYard Art Center, located on the ground floor of an affordable housing unit in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. Under her leadership, DreamYard Art Center’s offerings expanded from three programs serving high school students to 16 multi-disciplinary art and college readiness programs for young people in grades PreK-12. In 2012, DreamYard Art Center was recognized by the White House as one of the top 12 out of school programs in the nation. Robyne accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony. During her tenure at DreamYard, Robyne also led the organization through the development of several arts and social justice programming and community engagement initiatives. She created and co-developed DreamYard’s Social Justice Pedagogy Team, a professional development series aimed at establishing important tenets of social justice education; creating common language across programs; exploring best practices; and learning from veteran social justice educators.

Robyne has conducted workshops about art and social justice at conferences and institutions across the country including: New York University, City College, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, the Bronx Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, and the National Guild’s Conference for Community Arts Education (Chicago/Los Angeles).  Her writing on social justice education has been featured in Teachers and Writers and Teaching Artist Guild magazines. Robyne is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she majored in English with an emphasis in African American Literature. She has delivered keynote addresses on liberatory education at the University of Chicago, Seattle Museum of Art and Harvard Graduate School of Education (November 2017).  

Robyne obtained her MFA in acting from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. She resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Tarik Murphy and her son, Ras.

  AUSTIN GREENE, KEYNOTE   Austin Greene is an artist, graphic designer, educator, activist, and organizer. For the past several years, he served as the Lead Teaching Artist for the DreamYard A.C.T.I.O.N. project. A.C.T.I.O.N. is a four year, social justice and creative arts program for Bronx High School students. A.C.T.I.O.N. participants use visual art, theater, and poetry to challenge social injustices and inspire change in their communities. Austin recently transitioned out of his role as Lead Teaching Artist to become the the Social Justice Pedagogy Coach at the DreamYard Arts Center. Additionally, he serves as a Teacher with the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts' (MoCADA) Artists-In-Schools Program. In addition to his work as a teaching artist and coach, Austin is a teacher, supporter, and collaborator at The Little Maroons Childcare Cooperative, a parent led, childcare cooperative run out of his home. He is a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. He believes that art is a tool for justice.  He is a proud native of Brooklyn, New York. 

AUSTIN GREENE, KEYNOTE

Austin Greene is an artist, graphic designer, educator, activist, and organizer. For the past several years, he served as the Lead Teaching Artist for the DreamYard A.C.T.I.O.N. project. A.C.T.I.O.N. is a four year, social justice and creative arts program for Bronx High School students. A.C.T.I.O.N. participants use visual art, theater, and poetry to challenge social injustices and inspire change in their communities. Austin recently transitioned out of his role as Lead Teaching Artist to become the the Social Justice Pedagogy Coach at the DreamYard Arts Center. Additionally, he serves as a Teacher with the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts' (MoCADA) Artists-In-Schools Program. In addition to his work as a teaching artist and coach, Austin is a teacher, supporter, and collaborator at The Little Maroons Childcare Cooperative, a parent led, childcare cooperative run out of his home. He is a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. He believes that art is a tool for justice.  He is a proud native of Brooklyn, New York. 

  DONCHRISTIAN JONES, KEYNOTE   DonChristian Jones is a Philly born, New York based, visual artist, rapper, singer/songwriter, and producer. His work spans musical and time based performance, rap albums, video and public murals, blending genres of painting and hip hop, referencing classical and contemporary styles. Much of his work today is informed by his time spent painting murals on Rikers Island with youth inmates. Don has shown and performed at The Whitney Museum, MoMA Ps1, Webster Hall, Dancespace, Center for Performance Research, and was an artist in residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation at Captiva, Florida.

DONCHRISTIAN JONES, KEYNOTE

DonChristian Jones is a Philly born, New York based, visual artist, rapper, singer/songwriter, and producer. His work spans musical and time based performance, rap albums, video and public murals, blending genres of painting and hip hop, referencing classical and contemporary styles. Much of his work today is informed by his time spent painting murals on Rikers Island with youth inmates. Don has shown and performed at The Whitney Museum, MoMA Ps1, Webster Hall, Dancespace, Center for Performance Research, and was an artist in residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation at Captiva, Florida.

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