Thursday, August 11 (10:45 AM - 12:45 PM)

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Hamilton the Musical: Powerfully Positioning Representation, Rap and History in K-12 Curriculum

Mariah LandersJessa Brie Moreno, Integrated Learning Specialist Program, ACOE

Hamilton the Musical has sparked worldwide attention since it's debut on Broadway in April 2015. This historical retelling of Alexander Hamilton, based on the book by Ron Chernow, has brought a nation to its knees to explore the incredible life story of Hamilton and our founding fathers. However, this is not your average telling of history. In the musical, all the founding fathers are played by people of color and the entire musical score is a love letter to hip hop. Explore the ways that educators can incorporate Hamilton the Musical as a tool for expanding history and raising generative topics. Compelling learners to investigate in ways that change the paradigm of how we understand ourselves, our shared history, and how we can move forward in revisioning a future that reflects the global majority, making room for all of us.

Understanding White Privilege and Power as a 21st Century Leadership Skill                         

Shakti Butler, World Trust

Groups working on social justice and racial equity, who include attention to white culture and privilege as part of that work, reap important benefits. Understanding white culture, along with its embedded historical and associated privileges, provides insight into integral parts of a larger system of inequity. Explore dominant cultural assumptions and perspectives about what is considered normal, appropriate, desirable and/or valid. Dominant culture narratives or norms – e.g. what constitutes a “family,”’ who is considered dangerous, intelligent, acceptable and whose perspectives are valid – are codified in customs, laws, institutions, policies, and practices.  They reinforce stereotypes and limit fair access – who belongs inside and who remains outside circles of human concern.  In addition, cultural assumptions are part of what continue to advantage some groups and disadvantage others.  Even when those inequities are persistent and obvious, the foundations that drive them often may not be.  Explore white culture and its embedded privileges. Begin to fill gaps in understanding while providing an impetus for considering norms, policies and practices that explicitly include a lens that is often not considered when opening up new entry points for policy and systems change.

Storytelling for Social Change: Oral History and Be/longing

Carla WojczukZeph Fishlyn, Community Artists: Rachel Hughes, Hannah McDonough, Washington High School Students, Fremont

“Make up a story. Narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created.” -Toni Morrison The radical act of narrating experience (and of listening), creates and transforms us individually, interpersonally, and collectively. Explore community organizing and community building through oral history and art making. We start by looking at the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, as a local case study for the power of gathering and connecting narratives in shaping the movement for housing justice. In the second half of the workshop, as part of an active public project displayed throughout the institute, we   will build a shared story about home and belonging through a mobile art installation. This installation will explore community organizing and community building through oral history and art making.

Decolonizing & Unschooling Poetry Writing

Derek Fenner and Special Guest, Tongo Eisen-Martin

We seek to enter the space that Cherríe Moraga, invokes (in, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness,”) where we are “writing to remember / making rite to remember / having the right to remember.” Many creative writing curriculums are created as a vehicle for youth voice, but are so wrapped up in the structures of schooling and dominant narratives, that the end result is that the young person ends up writing the poem they think the teacher wants them to write. This experiential session gives participants the opportunity to create and interact with language and poetry in ways that amplify a radical resistance to colonialism and its effects on how poetry is normally taught. 

What is Advocacy? A Journey Into Empowerment

Jean Johnstone, Teaching Artists Guild

Using guidelines, exercises, and resources developed by Teaching Artists Guild, Americans for the Arts, The Kennedy Center, and others, explore the concept of advocacy from the point of view of an individual artist, educator, or hybrid of these. Ever feel like you’d be great at spreading “the message,” but not sure how or to whom? Shy about standing up for your cause? Not sure what advocacy means to you and your group? We will learn to examine what advocacy is, and how best to approach it from our unique place as an educator, artist, or teaching artist, in service of what we care about. Politics, philosophy, social justice all intersect at this point, where we will take a close look at what we hold dear and what needs to be done.

LOVE IN ACTION: Moving Our Stories and Shaping a New Narrative

Teaching Artists, Destiny Arts Center

This interactive workshop will explore simple and practical ways to support positive classroom culture, engagement, and creative expression through hip-hop movement and theater games and exercises. It will give participants an introduction to Destiny Arts’ creative framework for creative youth development and a taste of creating original, visionary movement/theater in the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company style, as outlined in Destiny's curriculum guidebook called Youth on the Move. For over 27 years, Destiny Arts Center has provided a home away from home for thousands of young people throughout the East Bay. As a violence prevention center and cultural institution in the heart of Oakland, Destiny is committed to engaging young people as artists and change makers. The workshop is designed for educators in both school and out of school settings.