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Beginning the Journey Toward Social Justice

Baltimore. Charleston. Ferguson. How do arts education leaders respond?

In the latest issue of GuildNotes, we explored this question by speaking with Renée Watson, former associate director of professional development for DreamYard Project in the Bronx, who now works with organizations that are hoping to align their internal structures and practices with a justice-driven mission. Renée discusses ways in which systemic oppression can manifest within our institutions and why a focus on organizational change is critical to achieving social justice more broadly.

At the Conference for Community Arts Education, Renée, along with Ama Codjoe (DreamYard Art Center), will take a deep-dive into this vital topic during their preconference, Social Justice Beyond the Classroom: Moving Toward Equity and Organizational Change.  

Photo: Village of Arts and Humanities, Philadelphia, PA


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