November 4, 2021

Abolitionist Arts Education Curriculum Guide

The Abolitionist Arts Education Curriculum Guide offers teaching artists and administrators lesson plans designed to help dismantle institutional racism, starting in the classroom. The guide is interdisciplinary and comprised of lesson plans and videos for classes in music, visual arts, theater, and dance. Contributing teaching artists include Austin Greene, Ashley Renee Watkins, Belinda Seanz, and Tammie Swopes. This guide was created in partnership with The Institute for Anti-Racist Education, led by Ashley Lipscomb, MT MDiv, and Cultural Innovation Group LLC, led by Dr. Durell Cooper. Visit the curriculum guide appendix for helpful resources and videos that you can use in your classroom.

Curriculum Guide Videos

The Abolitionist Arts Education Curriculum Guide is accompanied by videos from contributing interdisciplinary teaching artists that you can use in your classroom instruction. Whether you are teaching visual art, music, theatre, or dance, you will find video guidance that can benefit your students.

Rhythmical Relics of Resilience | Ashley Renee Watkins

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Socially Conscious Dance Making | Belinda Saenz

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Political Posters | Austin Greene

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Cultural Innovation Group’s mission is to empower communities through art, civic, and community engagement. We seek to ignite the collective imagination of communities to envision an equitable world where everyone is included. We aim to push the narrative of historically marginalized communities past sustainability and into thrivability. We envision a world where true innovation begins when the lived experiences of people in communities are informing the solutions that build a better future. Our model is built on authentic collaboration with individuals, community based organizations, government agencies, and corporations to cultivate a culture of innovation in order to build collective impact.

The Institute for Anti-Racist Education is committed to ensuring that every student receives an education that is truthful, free from bias, liberating, and offered in a supportive, decolonized setting.