2019 Day of Learning on Equity and Inclusion – “Creating Change from Within”

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 9am - 5pm
Location: Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216

About the Day of Learning

On January 15, 2019, The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable will hold it’s 4th Annual Day of Learning on Equity and Inclusion. Our theme this year is, “Creating Change from Within.” This year we invite the NYC Arts Education community to reflect on the ways we can each serve as agents of change within our organizations. What are the skills and new capacities we need to cultivate that will catalyze change within our communities? And who are the partners and collaborators who are vital to a more equitable distribution of power and resources across the field?

A lactation room will be available.




Registration for the 2019 Day of Learning is now open!

  • Roundtable Member Rate: $40
  • Non-Member Rate: $80

(Note: Online registration will close at 11:59pm on Friday, January 11, 2019.)

Please Note: This event is sold out. Interested attendees may continue to register and will be added to a waitlist pending availability.


8:45am-9:00am: Doors Open & Check-in

9:00am-9:30am:  Breakfast

9:30-10:00am:  Welcome & Open Remarks

10:10am-11:40am: Breakout Sessions (see below for details)

11:50am-12:50pm:  Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm Breakout Sessions (sessions repeated)

2:40pm-3:30pm: Voices and Views from Inside/Outside

  • Moderator: Philip A. Alexander, Arts in Education Director, Brooklyn Arts Council
  • Panelists: Courtney J. Boddie, Director of Education/School Engagement, The New Victory Theater; Lilaia Kairis, Director of Digital Services, The New 42nd Street; Richard Paz, Newark Museum’s DAMLI student intern & GlassRoots Teaching Artist; Sonnet Takahisa, Director, Strategic Education Initiatives, Newark Museum
  • Session Description: Administrators and Artists share experiences and strategies of promoting inclusion and equity from inside arts institutions, such as a performing arts company and a museum. This discussion will be rooted in real-world experience and will offer strategies participants can take with them.

3:30pm-4:45pm: Town Hall

5pm: Closing Remarks & Evaluation


Action Learning Breakout Sessions

Exploring the Process and Commitment of Becoming Better Social Justice Orgs

  • Moderator: David King, Program Director, School & Community Partnerships, Community-Word Project
  • Panelists: Erika Atkins, Director of Operations and Communications, Opening Act; Troy Burton, Manager of Internship Programs, DreamYard; Katie Rainey, Director of Teaching Artist Project, Community-Word Project
  • Guiding Questions: Can we engage with vulnerability in a brave conversation about what social justice means within our organizations? What are ways that we can take our intentions back and put them into practice?
  • Session Description: This panel addresses how some administrators in arts in education organizations learn from and contend with being engaged in social justice practices, integrating them into existing organizational cultures and structures that may have impeded progress in diversity, equity and inclusion. This panel session includes interactive activities that allow attendees to simultaneously be a witness to and actively participate in this needed conversation. Attendees will hear representatives from peer arts in education organizations reflect on and respond to their alignment with social justice practice, or lack thereof.  Attendees will gain insight into identifying an organizational working definition of “social justice”, as well as helpful resources and critical feedback that they could apply to their own situations. Attendees will also gain a network of thought partners through small group activities and reflection.

Exploring Racial Equity and Institutional Change Through Artmaking

  • Facilitators: Nancy Kleaver, Principle, Kleaver Consulting, and Co-Founder, PARADE; Rachel Watts, Director of Teen Programs & DEI Initiatives, ArtsConnection
  • Guiding Questions: What can we learn from the collaborative art-making process in pursuit of racial equity and institutional change?
  • Session Description: This interactive, arts-based workshop is geared towards practitioners who have been challenged with managing up and around when it comes to advocating for racial equity and institutional change within their organizations. Framed by literature around institutional equity issues and case studies, we will explore ways to make equity and inclusion issues visible, be heard, and make noticeable shifts in organizational culture while paying attention to addressing the emotional and professional risks that come from doing this work. In addition, we will explore simple actions we can model to be the change we want to see and, consequently, create a contagion effect within our respective organizations to address small changes in behavior with your colleagues, supervisors and the people you supervise.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Orchestras and Classical Music (DinO): Building New Educational and Professional Pathways by Leveraging Community Assets

  • Panelists: New York State Council on the Arts Music and Arts Education Staff (Kavie Barnes, Robert Baron, Christine Leahy and Rita Putnam); Alexander Scheirle, Executive Director, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble; Gary Padmore, Director of Education and Community Engagement, The New York Philharmonic; Evander Louis, Community Liaison, Orchestra of St. Luke’s
  • Session Description: This session will explore how participants can begin a conversation with their networks to spark collective action. Beginning in March 2016, NYSCA’s Arts Education and Music staff hosted a series of “DinO” convenings; these gatherings brought together grantees and related stakeholders to investigate the challenges around diversity, equity and inclusion in the pathway leading from classical music education to a
    professional future in the classical music world. We will explore how a series of frank, open-ended discussions led to two new major agency initiatives at the New York State Council on the Arts: support for fellowships for underrepresented communities, and funding for organizations to receive training and consulting from DEI expert YK Hong. Using the DinO initiative as a springboard for conversation, participants will work together to identify
    resources they can access to commit to a conversation about change. We will brainstorm about how successes and challenges in different artistic disciplines can inform each other’s work.

Self-Care Salon–Sound Blessings & Strategies

  • Facilitators: Justin Daniel, Associate Director of After School Programs, Opening Act and Co-Chair, Teaching Artist Affairs Committee; Heleya de Barros, Executive Director, Association of Teaching Artists and Co-Chair, Teaching Artist Affairs Committee; Andre Ignacio Dimapilis, Teaching Artist Project facilitator, Community-Word Project
  • Session Description: Through guided meditation and self reflection, participants will hone in on internal and external factors that lead to burn-out and will strategize tangible strategies to develop and maintain self-care tactics. The session will begin with a sound blessing using the didgeridoo to center each participant to engage in the conversation around self-care. This session is geared for all arts educators, teaching artists, and administrators who feel the burn-out of resisting injustices and inequities

Directions to Restoration Plaza

The main entrance to RestorationArt is on Fulton Street (between Marcy Ave and Brooklyn Ave).


This venue is accessible by:

  • Subway: A/C Trains to Nostrand Avenue
  • LIRR: Nostrand Ave Stop
  • Bus:  B25/B44 (Fulton St/New York Ave), B43 (Brooklyn Av/Fulton S), or B26 (Halsey St / Marcy Av)


The Day of Learning on Equity and Inclusion is sponsored in part by the generosity of RestorationArt.

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