Media is constantly reframing realty to denigrate African-American heroes. Rasheed Shabazz teaches his students to use social media and memes to take back the narrative. Watch this video of his presentation for all the funny memes, and to become aware of when the media becomes dehumanizing.
Merav Tzur is an accomplished contemporary artist who works in a variety of media, including video. Her practice was transformed when she discovered amateur tutorial videos online - see below for her video about how to create the tree of knowledge. Watch the video of her presentation to find out why she finds the medium so meaningful for her media students at Ohlone college.
At San Francisco's Creative Arts Charter School, Ann Ledo-Lane and Gina Griffiths help their 1st and 8th grade students use their art to speak out, take action, and learn all the things. At the heart of their practice is collaboration.
SoMapagmahal Photography teachers Erina C. Alejo and Dara Katrina brought their young artists, David, Dayzsha, and Julianna, on stage with them because the whole purpose of their program is to give youth of color the power to tell their own stories. Their goal is to reactivate brown joy, and they are clearly successful.
Jennifer Klecker took a break from the classroom to go back to school. The revelations that transformed her own art practice inspired her to transform her approach to teaching. Watch this video of her 2017 Curriculum Slam to learn how helps her students at Independence High School in San Francisco find the spark that inspires them.
As a fashion instructor for teenagers at Youth Art Exchange, Sierra Reading wants to make sure her students understand that they have the power to drive the fashion industry. She helped here students work together to design a backpack that would serve their needs.
On December 7, a group of arts educators and administrators met to discuss how to make our industry more sustainable for teaching artists and the organizations that employ them. We came up with many ideas for how to better recruit and retain teaching artists which our facilitator, Aimee Espiritu, has compiled here.