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Thank you to everyone who registered. We look forward to seeing you on January 16!
Calling all educators, activists, and artists!!
Join us on Monday, January 16, 2017 to learn strategies and tools for using art and social justice in school and community-based settings.
Keynote address by Dr. Shawn Ginwright, Associate Professor of Education & Africana Studies Studies at San Francisco State University and leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism & youth development.
The day will include workshops that explore best practices in using the arts and social justice both in and out of schools and a closing panel. Workshops topics will include: arts integration, art & activism, restorative justice, Black Lives Matter movement, performance, early childhood, and digital equity. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the event will be followed by a closing reception with an Open Mic.
We will look at examples of the work being done at DreamYard and other partner institutions as a way to move our work forward collectively, including guest facilitators and panelists.
Featured Half-Day Session: During the day, Dr. Ginwright will also run a Half-Day Radical Healing Training that provides an overview and framework that contextualizes structural racial violence, social toxicity, and need for radical healing within urban communities. Dr. Ginwright will provide a a series of activities that are focused on the Radical Healing model and comprise intensive training around racial justice and transforming relationships to self and others. A safe space will be created for teaching artists and youth workers to work on self-transformation by developing habits that support reflection, engagement, and insight throughout an organization.
8:30 - 9:00 am Sign-In/Registration
9:00 - 9:45 am: Welcome and Morning Keynote
10:00 - 12:00 pm: Session One (Breakout Workshops and Featured Half-Day Session Pt 1)
12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch
1:15 - 3:15 pm: Session Two (Breakout Workshops and Featured Half-Day Session Pt 2)
3:30 - 5:00 pm: Closing Panel
5:15 - 5:45 pm: Reception with Open Mic - Attendees are invited to bring a song, poem, dance, etc to share.
WIth generous support from:
How do I sign up for Dr. Shawn Ginwright's Half-Day Radical Healing Training?
During the breakout sessions of the conference day (10am to 3pm with a lunch break), Dr. Ginwright will run a Half-Day Radical Healing Training. This workshop will have a limited capacity and an extra cost of $75. If you would like to attend the Half-Day Training as part of the conference, please purchase the ticket called: "Radical Healing Workshop + General Admission."
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
4 Train to Mt. Eden Av
D Train to 170 St
BX35 Bus to Edward L Grant Hy/Shakespeare Av
BX 1 / BX 2 to 170 St
There is no parking on-site. There is street parking and a paid parking garage at 1560 Jerome Ave.
Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
Yes, New Settlement is wheelchair accessible. If there are any other accessibility questions, please contact Hector Rivera at email@example.com
Will meals be provided?
Yes, a light breakfast and full lunch will be provided for conference attendees.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the event.
What's the refund policy?
DreamYard WILL NOT offer ticket refunds. Please register only if you are sure you will be able to attend.
Happened Yesterday, Happening Tomorrow
In response to newspaper articles and images, participants will learn about and discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and look at the historical context of police brutality and racial profiling. We will explore how artists have responded to injustice and will discuss how poetry, performance, and movement can be a form of peaceful protest. Hands-on art-making activities and small group work will give participants an opportunity to create and share a collaborative piece.
Author and leader, Renée Watson, will be leading Happening Yesterday, Happening Tomorrow, a workshop in response to newspaper articles and images. Participants will learn about the historical context of police brutality and discuss the Black Lives Matter movement.
Renée is a writer, educator, and community activist who has worked within the non-profit sector, specifically around the role of art in social justice, for over 20 years. She is an accomplished author and performer and her work has received several honors, including nominations for the Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association and an NAACP Image Award in children’s literature. She has given readings and lectures on the topic of using the arts to help youth cope with trauma and discuss social issues at many renowned places, including the United Nations Headquarters and the Library of Congress. In 2015 she was honored with the STEAM award for her work in arts education by Inner City Foundation of New York, Inc.
Say that!: Making Theater as Citizen Artists
In this interactive workshop participants will learn how to talk back to the world about issues they’re most passionate about. Participants will explore how to devise an original piece of theater using an ensemble-based process. We will impart skills used to build community through physical exploration, improvisation, storytelling and original writing. Hands on art making activities and small group work will offer participants an opportunity to raise their voices, collaboratively create and share their artivism.
Lori Brown-Niang - actor. activist and graduate of The City College of New York Davis Center for the Performing Arts has been making her living as a teaching artist since the mid 1990's. Lori has worked for organizations such as The Creative Arts Team, Plays for Living, LEAP, MCC, and The Roundabout Theater Company. Lori found her home at DreamYard twelve years ago and is proud to be a part of the social justice organization that it has become. On stage, Lori was last seen in The Public Theater's Public Works production of Twelfth Night at The Delacorte Theater as Maria, the role for which the New York Times called her "commanding". Lori is also a founding member of ACTivate: a citizen artist off shoot of Public Works in which she played Hecuba 1 in Troy an original, company devised work that speaks to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Nanya-Akuki Goodrich is a DreamYard School Programs Coordinator, performing~artist, activist and creative writer who has taught Theatre, Poetry and Spoken Word with a focus on social justice for over 10 years. She has worked for organizations such as The New Victory Theater, The American Place Theater, Community~Word Project and Step Up Women’s Project. Most recently, Nanya-Akuki graced the stage at The Delacorte Theater in The Public Theater's, Public Works production of Twelfth Night as Countess Olivia, the role for which the New York Times marked her as "gravely dignified". Nanya-Akuki is a founding member of ACTivate (Artist, Citizen, Theatermaker) a groundbreaking expansion of Public Works in which she played Hecuba 4 in Troy an original, ensemble devised work that speaks to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Using Restorative Practices to Create a Positive School Culture
The student leaders of DY Prep High School and principal Alicia Wargo will lead participants through a restorative circle to illustrate how this practice can be used to build community in a school setting. The student leaders will also describe how restorative practices have been used at DY Prep to reduce suspensions and combat the school-to-prison pipeline.
DreamYard Prep's Student Leaders are a group of students in grades 10 to 12 that self-select to participate in weekly Leadership Classes with the school's principal. The group identifies issues concerning the DY Prep community and designs circles and other forms of action to address areas of community concern. They lead school-wide circles aligned to DY Prep's Core Character Values on special community-building days and can also serve as mediators in circles when conflicts in the community arise. Some of the student leaders in today's workshop led restorative circle training with a group of school safety agents assigned to the Taft Educational Campus, where DY Prep is located as one of six schools in the building. They also have done presentations for other school communities in the Bronx around how restorative practices can positively transform a school's culture.
Learning Community: A Dreamyard Model For Staff Engagement
DreamYard's social justice pedagogy has deepened over the last 3 years and we have been more intentional about exploring various social issues within our staff administration. As staff, we collaborated in teams and members facilitated workshops through art making. Participants will experience this creative process and learn about DreamYard’s approach to building community and using a common language. In this workshop, we will explore the trajectory of our Educational system, from the Civil Rights movement to present day. While exploring our education system, participants will assess the past to the present through an interactive art making workshop.
Yesenia Macedo is the Associate Director of School Programs. Yesenia is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz. She received her B.A. in Community Studies with a minor in Education in May 2007. Previously, as an Americorps volunteer, she worked as a bilingual specialist with Youth Venture, a nonprofit organization that encourages young people to start and lead their own organization for the betterment of their communities. In 2008, Yesenia started at DreamYard, as a School Programs Assistant and after two years she grew into the role as a School Programs Coordinator where her leadership skills, along with her institutional knowledge, developed and pursued a new and exciting position as the Associate Director of School Programs. Over the last 9 years, DreamYard has supported Yesenia's leadership through professional development opportunities such as, an Emerging Leaders Program in non-profit management with Pase/Baruch College, and a summer intensive about Social and Emotional Arts Learning through UCLArts and Healing. Inspired by the passionate, motivated, dedicated, and professional community at DreamYard, including the outside opportunities, Yesenia is gradually pursuing a profession in dance, education and social and emotional arts therapy facilitation with young people and adults.
Lisa Green is the Department Director of Dance and Music at DreamYard. Ms. Green has over 10 years experience in the public school system, working in In-school and Out-Of-School programs. She has worked closely with teachers collaborating to integrate arts to the curriculum. Lisa has had extensive experience in training facilitation with Global Arts To Go where she has conducted several workshops on literacy through arts as well as topics that focus on youth and community development. Lisa has earned her B.A. Degree as a Child & Youth Counselor, where she has worked with a number of at risk children and their families. Lisa is also an accomplished performing artist, skilled in several dance forms, has traveled and performed with many dance companies locally and internationally. The skills she has acquired in her field as a counselor have informed her work as a dance educator and performing artist. This led her to develop and implement dance programming for children focusing on their social and emotional growth through movement. To add to her credits Lisa also specializes in many h health and fitness modalities. Certified in Pilates, Yoga, Zumba Instruction and Ayurvedic Holistic Health Practitioner.
Wage Beauty: Art As an Act of Healing and Activism
with Photographer David Flores and Mixed Media Artist Yvonne Lamar-Rogers
This hands-on art making workshop will explore ways in which art and beauty can be a radical act. Photographer David Flores and Mixed Media artist Yvonne Lamar-Rogers will lead participants through an art making process that explores themes of identity, art as healing and activism, and community art/place-making. Using photography and collage/mixed media, participants will create an original piece of art. The images made in this workshop will be reproduced as a large scale community art piece in the Jerome Avenue neighborhood.
Mixed media artist Yvonne Lamar-Rogers earliest memories are of her mother creating beautiful clothes for her clients. The array of fabrics she worked with were a potpourri of textures, patterns and hues. Sewing doll clothes from scraps her mother gave her eventually lead Yvonne to her art form, which is her love of working in mixed media collage and assemblage. Influenced by her photographer stepfather, Yvonne was accepted to the College For Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, majoring in fine art photography where she began creating photo collages. After two successful years at CCS, Yvonne's responsibilities as a single mother outweighed her desire to continue her studies. She then made the hard decision to leave school. Yvonne's art education continued with the influence of the women of Kindred Souls, an art organization for minority women which exhibited in a number of public and private venues including shows at the Museum of African American History in Detroit. Other influences included 10 years as teaching artist and program director at Young Artist & Co., a non profit arts program for youth also in Detroit. Marriage and moving to NewYork City gave Yvonne the opportunity to compete her education earning a honors BFA from Marymount Manhattan College with a minor in art education. Yvonne is thankful that through teaching she is able to not only share her gift of creativity, but also guide others in finding their own creative voice.
Giving Voice and Justice to our Complexity
with Käthe Swaback, Program Director at Raw Art Works and Ellen Hagan, Director of Poetry and Theater Programs, DreamYard
Creative Youth Development practitioners have struggled with utilizing and creating the right tools and systems that will help us prove “success,” improve our programs, and honor the integrity of youth voice and artistic work. This workshop will look at why the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project developed, how it inspired DreamYard to evolve their own frameworks, and how it was a catalyst for new evaluation tools like Artistic Responses and Anonymous Risk and Resiliency Surveys to better tell the stories.
Inspired by the work of Shawn Ginwright, Nadine Burke Harris, and studies of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), we will look at ways to build stronger connections between the fields of mental health, social emotional learning, civic engagement/social justice, and Creative Youth Development (CYD). Social change demands that we address the long-term exposure to social toxicity and trauma. Through interactive opportunities, participants we will work together to envision tools and creative methods to better asses the “complex textured reality” of the lives of our young people.
From The Classroom Into The Living Room—Using Artistic Intervention to Fight Social Injustice in Every Aspect of Our Lives.
Join us to learn how to use artistic intervention to fight social injustice in the classroom and in our living rooms. ACTION works to build community and provide safe spaces to combat injustice through our art making and critical thinking. We want to explore ways to create those same spaces in our homes, classrooms, and in our social lives.
Art As A Weapon Closing Panel
Join moderator Robyne Walker Murphy (Executive Director of Groundswell) and a group of arts and social justice education leaders from organizations across NYC in a discussion as they share an exemplary piece of art work, discuss its origin and impacts and collectively answer the question 'How do you use art as a weapon for social justice in your work?"
Panelists include: Patrick Dougher, Groundswell; Danny Peralta, The Point; Susan Wilcox, Benpaali Film Festival, Cidra M. Sebastien, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol; and Crystal Clarity, Groundswell.
About the Panelists:
Crystal Clarity: Crystal Clarity is an illustrator, muralist and teaching artist born, raised and based in New York City. Her work serves and celebrates women of color and communities of color. She is a devoted practitioner and facilitator of very large scale community murals and has spent a decade contributing to the wealth of public art across the city. She has been a member of Los Muralistas de El Puente since 2006 and a Lead artist at Groundswell since 2008. She is a core collective member of Peoples Collective Arts having helped to art direct and manage art spaces for movement moments such as Peoples Climate March, Fight for 15 and Standing Rock. Clarity holds a BFA from Parsons School of design and has been recognized for her commitment to youth development and social justice work by reputable orgs including GGE , El Puente, and Uprose. She is part of the Ruckus society arts core and has contributed illustrations to Culture Strike campaigns, Color of change and array of grassroots local community groups. She collects space ships and is a fierce lover of soulful house dance parties.
Patrick Dougher: Patrick was born and raised in Brooklyn. He is an artist, musician and educator with over 30 years’ experience as a fine artist and drummer/percussionist and over 20 years’ experience in working for community based arts and social justice organizations. In his long career Patrick has worked with HIV positive youth as an art therapist at Kings County Hospital, an assistant curator at The Museum of African Art, a counselor and youth advocate for LGBTQ youth of color at Project Reach NYC and currently is the Program Director of Groundswell, NYC’s premiere public art and community mural organization. He has made music, art and the education and socio-emotional support of the underserved youth of the city his life’s mission.
Cidra M. Sebastien: Cidra is the Associate Executive Director at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis), a non-profit organization providing holistic and comprehensive programs for NYC youth, ages 8-22. A Bro/Sis staff member since 2001, she is a Chapter Leader of the Rites of Passage program for young women; manages the Liberation Program for youth activists; co-facilitated International Study Programs in Ghana, South Africa, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic; and manages the College Advisory Program. Cidra is a graduate of Hampton University (BA), and a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School (MA), completing her thesis on the connections between education, social justice and the arts. In 2005, Cidra was a co-awardee of the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award, co-authored “Taking Back the Work: A Cooperative Inquiry into the Work of Leaders of Color in Movement-Building Organizations,” and traveled to Brazil and the UK to discuss issues of leadership and race in the US. She is a 2015 Ford Public Voices Fellow of The OpEd Project, and published articles about youth leadership development and DACA. Cidra was appointed to the New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative in 2016 as a Steer Committee member and Co-Chair of the Education Committee. She is also a Board Member of the New York Road Runners.
Susan Wilcox: With close to three decades of experience cultivating liberatory education initiatives in the United States and around the world, Susan Wilcox launched SEW Consulting in 2011 to collaborate in the creation of humanizing pedagogy, practice and research. Working across disciplines, settings and issues, Susan believes education is a tool for our intellectual, social, creative and spiritual development. She recently completed a 2-year Fulbright appointment at the University of Ghana, is a former co-Executive Director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol where she founded Sister Sol, and has taught at City College of New York, Teachers College, and Eugene Lang College. Afram Publications (Accra, Ghana) just released her book - The Hand Book - a collection of photographic stories for young readers and cultural explorers. Susan is a born-and-raised New Yorker and a world traveler. She earned degrees from Parsons School of Design (BFA), Harvard Graduate School of Education (EdM) and Teachers College/Columbia University (EdD).