Members-Only Guild Resource / Webinar

Groundwork: Human-Centered Practices Real Talk Salon – Centering Black Learners & Educators

Published: 2022-03-22

About this Session
A three-part series of “Real Talk Salons” regarding Human-Centered Practices in community arts education took place throughout the three weeks of the Groundwork: Healing within Community Arts Education (“Groundwork”) program in the fall of 2021. In response to the pandemic, the overarching themes of Groundwork sessions touched on healing. This Real Talk Salon, entitled “Centering Black Learners & Educators”, brought together the following community practitioners in conversation with one another:



Description: Join in on a panel that opens with stories from each panelist: Melissa Parke will recount her Afrocentric SEL framework that seeks to engage arts educators from all disciplines to incorporate and prioritize the empowerment of Black youth in their teaching practices; Purple S. Norris will share how she accepted the call to be responsive, accountable and unreasonable on behalf of communities disproportionately impacted with her program, “Continuing the Cipher” by using creativity, transformation and Hip Hop culture; Gregory Greer, Marina Nir, and Katikka Harris will touch on how Mad Beatz Methods works to recruit, retain, and center Black teachers in school music programs.

This session took part the second week of the program and was held on October 27, 2021, with American Sign Language interpretation provided by Pro Bono ASL.


About the Groundwork Program
Groundwork was a 3-week virtual gathering that centered healing in the context of community arts education, as a pathway towards personal, interpersonal, and systemic change, informed by the idea that we must get right with ourselves before we can work with each other to reimagine and create a more just future. To that end, Groundwork’s themes unfolded each week as: Healing for Self (Week 1), Healing for Collective (Week 2), and Healing for Movement Building (Week 3).

For more information about the gathering, please visit the program details, here.


This program was made possible through generous support from Aroha PhilanthropiesThe Music Man Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.