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Courageous Conversations About Race

Friday, Sept 22, 2023 | 8 AM – 2 PM

Note: This event was rescheduled from July 22.

The arts play an instrumental role in promoting commentary about pressing social issues, informing and shaping the consciousness of its audiences, both globally and locally. This session is open to educators, and local and area leaders. There is no cost to participate thanks to the generous support of the United Way of Southwest Georgia’s Reimagine Albany initiative

The socio-political climate in the United States has re-ignited conversations about race and racism. Educators are expressing concern over the impact of colorblind attitudes/policy on student outcomes and their surrounding communities.

Art education scholars have pressed these issues by including critical analysis and discussion about both traditional and contemporary art practices and the ways the arts have played a pivotal role in imagining alternative ways to comprehend and transform racial understanding, bias, and equitable practices. As a means of addressing these concerns, this session aims to facilitate navigating brave discussions, placing race at the center, by using contemporary works of art as catalysts toward a deeper understanding of the intersection of racial identity, politics, and social outcomes.

Inspired by contemporary educational theory and arts practices, the facilitators of this session aim to broaden the concerns of educators as a means toward understanding the human condition and building communal ties with each other and within their classrooms. Using provoking works of art, the presenters will provide activities for engaging in discourse about difficult topics related to race.

Returning to facilitate this session will be Gloria J. Wilson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art & Visual Culture Education at the University of Arizona, Chair of the Committee on Multiethnic Concerns, National Art Education Association, and Co-Director of Arizona Arts, Racial Justice Studio, and Sara Scott Shields, Ph.D., Art Education Associate Professor and Department Chair at Florida State University.

The session is free, but it is limited to 32 participants. Those registering will be asked to complete a short online questionnaire to secure space at the session.

Snacks and lunch will be served during the session. A $10 donation is suggested.

Online registration may be found HERE.