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“Why Is That Lady Brown?” and Other Uncomfortable Questions Kids Ask

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Community Music Center, Allen Hall

34 Warren Ave

Boston, MA 02116

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Good teaching depends on skilled, well-supported faculty. Each year the Eliot School's Art Teachers Alliance offers a professional development series open to teachers, parents and other interested adults. Our three workshops this year focus on cultural competency and racial justice—or, in the language of Boston Public Schools, culturally and linguistically sustaining practices.

Workshop 3 of 3:
Presenter: Wee The People and Zahaira Nur Truth
“Why is that lady brown?” “Why did the police kill Mr. Phil?” “What will happen if ICE comes to take my family away?” Children notice a lot about the world—including race, ethnicity, inequity and injustice. They sense that these things matter, and they have questions many educators are not prepared to answer. This interactive workshop helps teachers develop tools and real-time strategies to enhance one-on-one interactions with students, as well as curriculum design. Together we will brainstorm approaches for applying a social/racial justice lens to art-making in the classroom. Teachers will come away with ideas for lesson plans that celebrate identity, foster young people’s innate sense of fairness and support them in challenging injustice they see in the world. This workshop is presented in collaboration with Wee The People. Since 2015, Wee The People has been leading workshops of kid-powered resistance through interactive story times, art and games. Wee The People’s mission is to inspire children to discover the power of their own voices, explore resistance through the arts and support adults in starting difficult conversations with kids about difference, equity and justice. Presenter Zahirah Nur Truth teaches art at the preschool and elementary school levels, integrating social justice themes into her curriculum. Her company, ZNTArts, is an online retail site for her paintings, jewelry and wearable art. Zahirah earned her AS in Early Childhood Education, with an Arts Program focus from Bunker Hill Community College. She is a BFA candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Learn more about workshop #1 and workshop #2

Light dinner will be served. Please submit any dietary restrictions at registration.

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Wheelchair accessible entrance at 537 Tremont Street on the Boston Center for the Arts Campus Plaza

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