Day of Learning for Arts Educators: Putting Equity into Practice

Date: 2/2/2017
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Carnegie Hall, Resnick Education Wing 154 W. 57th St. New York, New York

Watch Videos from A Day of Learning for Arts Educators:  Putting Equity into Practice (February 2, 2017)

What role should the arts education community play in addressing issues of equity and inclusion? What space can the arts offer our communities, especially given our political climate? And, how much can we push the envelope while maintaining our sanity? For the second year in a row, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is hosting a Day of Learning, bringing together teaching artists, educators, administrators and advocates to discuss practical steps in addressing this pertinent topic and its impact on our communities. Join us for a day filled with resources, best practices and healthy dialogue, as we continue to move beyond the discussion and into action.

Keynote Speaker:  Darnell Moore, Founding Member of Black Lives Matter and Senior Correspondent with
Darnell L. Moore is a senior editor and correspondent at Mic and co-managing editor at The Feminist Wire. He is the host of The Movement, a critically acclaimed digital docu-series. He is writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University and is presently working on a memoir tentatively titled, No Ashes In The Fire.

Schedule of Events:
9:30 am:  Doors open / Registration begins
10:00 am:  Welcome and Opening Remarks
11:00 am:  Breakout Sessions
Session 1:  Anti-Racist Practice for Teaching Artists
Session 2:  Building Authentic Community Engagement
Session 3:  Creating Change from Within: Nurturing Cultures of Inclusion and Equity
12:30 pm:  Lunch
1:30 pm:  All conference session
2:30 pm:  Keynote Speech
3:00 pm:  Performance by Alternate Names of Black Boys and conversation with Darnell Moore
3:50 pm:  Closing Remarks

Light breakfast and lunch are provided.
Register Today – Space is limited.
Roundtable Members: $35 / Non-members: $75

Notes on Registration: In order to ensure that many perspectives are represented at this event, we are limiting registrations to 7 per organization. Any Roundtable members for whom the registration fee creates a barrier to attendance should contact us at


Session 1: Anti-Racist Practice for Teaching Artists with Chelsea Gregory and Shamilia McBean

This session will explore the many ways an anti-racist approach strengthens our work as teaching artists and expands our capacity to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The session will be interactive, engaging participants through dialogue, experiential learning and information sharing.

Facilitator Bio: Chelsea Gregory is a veteran teaching artist and social justice educator who consults with schools, social service agencies, non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. She has organized around racial justice for over a decade and is an active member of Artists Co-creating Real Equity, an affinity group of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond ( She is also a community-engaged artist working at the intersection of arts and racial justice, and her work is featured in Jlove Calderon’s book “Occupying Privilege” as well as the Every 28 Hours project’s “10 Steps Towards Greater Cultural Competency.” She is currently working on a project called “Bamboo in Bushwick” that examines the role of artists in the dynamics of gentrification, and another called “Reparations 365” that engages Brooklyn residents in conversations about what reparations could look like. For more information, please visit her website at

Session 2: Building Authentic Community Engagement with Robyne Walker Murphy

Many arts organizations are embarking on initiatives to engage communities of color. However, often these efforts fall short of authentic engagement because arts administrators fail to ask themselves, “Is our house in order?” before they begin to invite guests into their spaces.   In this workshop we will explore principles of authentic community engagement using a racial justice lens.

Facilitator Bio:  Robyne Walker Murphy is a nationally recognized art and social justice educator and administrator.  In November, she began her appointment as the new Executive Director of Groundswell. Robyne served as director of membership development and engagement at the National Guild for Community Arts Education, where she created the Guild’s first network for leaders of color in the arts, ALAANA (African, Latin, Asian, Arabic, Native American).  Prior to the Guild, she served as the Director of the DreamYard Art Center for seven years. During that time she helped lead the organization through the development of arts and social justice programming and community engagement initiatives.  Under her direction, DreamYard Art Center was recognized by the White House as one of the top 12 out of school programs in the nation, Her writing on social justice education has been featured in Teachers and Writers and

Teaching Artist Guild magazines. She has delivered keynote addresses on liberatory education at the University of Chicago and the Seattle Museum of Art. Robyne resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Tarik Murphy and her son, Ras.

Session 3: Creating Change from Within: Nurturing Cultures of Inclusion and Equity with Dorcas Davis

Improving communication transforms partnerships and supports dialogue between individuals and in an organization – which changes organizational culture from the inside out. The workshop offers ways effective communication and difficult conversations can support goals of inclusion and equity in your organization. We will explore and practice effective communication through a fully experiential and dynamic approach using real world examples. Participants will leave equipped to initiate and/or further the conversation for change within their own organizations.

Facilitator Bio: Dorcas Evelene Davis is an educator, writer, performer and applied theatre practitioner.  She has 14 years of education and management experience in New York City and internationally. Dorcas designs and implements adult learning programs focused on effective communication, equity and inclusion, and leadership coaching using drama techniques. Locally, she offers her workshops through the Administration of Children’s Services, CUNY School of Professional Studies and Creative Arts Team. Internationally, she has worked in Rwanda with drama teachers and in Chile with school leaders. She is also the founder of multi-cultural theater and educational company, SmilingDown Productions and a graduate of the MA in Applied Theatre at CUNY School of Professional Studies. Dorcas believes in the power and influence of progressive change-agents and is proud to offer work that directly supports them.


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