Date: March 9th, 2018
Location: RestorationArt 1368 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11216
On March 9, 2018, the Roundtable will host its 3rd annual Day of Learning on Equity and Inclusion in partnership with RestorationART, a cultural anchor in central Brooklyn for 50 years. In celebration of their 50th anniversary, RestorationART is asking their community members to imagine their neighborhood over the next 50 years. For the Roundtable, this prompts us to consider:
What is the role of arts educators, teaching artists, arts administrators, and cultural institutions in helping to sustain the neighborhoods they visit every day or of which they are a part?
This year the conference participants will explore what it means to build, engage, and sustain as “guests” of a community through the following questions:
- As teaching artists and arts administrators, what does it mean to work in communities of which they are not long-standing residents?
- What is the language we use and the ethos we espouse to describe the schools and communities we serve and does that language and ethos stigmatize or create possibilities for authentic connections that are meaningful to community members?
- How do we bolster and support local resources in our art-making and teaching?
- How can our organizations serve as thoughtful and strategic allies to the schools and neighborhoods that we serve?
- What are best practices for creating partnerships with community members and cultural organizations in the communities we work in?
- What are the ethics of exiting a community that we’ve brought resources into?
- How do we make our work more transparent and accountable to the communities we serve?