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?
Join us for a day of reflection, skill building, and collective action featuring a Keynote by Urban Revitalization Strategist, Majora Carter and afternoon plenary on authentic fundraising language with major grant-makers in arts education.
9am – Arrival/Breakfast
A light continental breakfast will be provided.
9:30am – Welcome/Opening Remarks
10am – All Conference Sessions
Arriving in Community: A Movement Practice
Led by Ron. K. Brown, Choreographer Evidence Dance
Unpacking Institutional Privilege
Facilitated by RestorationArt
11am – Breakout Sessions
- Where’s The Love? Centering Restorative Practice in the Arts Education
An this inquiry based interactive workshop exploring ways to build a restorative justice based framework for positive youth development and disrupt the school to prison pipeline. Facilitated by Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill,, Studio Programs Manager Groundswell
- Respect, Equity, and Excellence in Our Visiting Art Practice
Identify and embody our best thinking around how we honor the history and culture of places we visit as teaching artists, arts administrators, and artists in residence and consider how race affects our artistic relationships within various communities.
Facilitated by Maria Bauman, Artist and Community Organizer, Co-Founder of ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity)
- Can I Ask A Question?
Discover how community engaged design can advance equity
Facilitated by Jenn Anne Williams, Youth Education Program Manager, Center for Urban Pedagogy
- Partnership and Allyship in Neighborhoods Through Public Art Practice
Facilitated by Donchristian Jones, Teaching Artist, Groundswell Mural Arts
Learn about Groundswells methods/processes for building authentic partnership in the neighborhoods they work in.
- Same Page/Different Page: Partnerships to Engage Social Change
Engage with TONYC process of partnering with community-based, social service and city organizations to create forum theatre troupes.
Facilitated by Sulu LeoNimm & Charles Whitewolf, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
12:30pm – Lunch
Lunch will be provided
1:30pm – Afternoon Plenary: Building Equity: Strategies for Engaging and Sustaining Communities.
Featuring panelists: Durell Cooper, DCLA
Lisa Yankowski, DreamYard
Moderated by Piper Anderson, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable
2:30 – Performance by Vibe Theatre Experience
3pm – Afternoon Keynote: Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist
3:45pm – Closing
This year the conference participants will explore what it means to build, engage, and sustain as “guests” of a community through the following questions:
- 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?
About our featured keynote:
Majora Carter is a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems.
At Sustainable South Bronx, Carter deployed MIT’s first ever Mobile Fab-Lab(digital fabrication laboratory) to the South Bronx – where it served as an early iteration of the “Maker-Spaces” found elsewhere today. The project drew residents and visitors together for guided and creative collaborations.
After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations) to carry on that work, she opened a private consulting firm to help spread the message and success of social enterprise and economic development in low-status communities – which was named Best for the World by B-Corp in 2014.
Co-sponsored by RestorationArt