Monday, January 18, 2021, Keynote 10:30 am–12 pm, concurrent sessions 1–2:30 pm, Online

Join us for our annual day of action with a series of professional development workshops for educators in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Attend one session or stay for the whole day to learn tenets of antiracist pedagogy, and see those tenets in action through lectures and workshops exploring how the arts can support cultural equity in the classroom.

The day of action opens with a keynote lecture from Keonna Hendrick, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access at the Brooklyn Museum and a national leader in antiracist arts education, featuring lessons learned from her research and practice as an educator. Hendrick shares strategies for leveraging the arts as a tool for racial justice, including ten key tenets of antiracist pedagogy and ideas for educators to implement them through an arts-based curriculum. Reflect on the intersection of racial identity, teaching, and learning, and develop concrete steps to support antiracism in classrooms and school communities.

In the afternoon, choose one of two concurrent sessions to engage in focused, collaborative work with our museum educators. Session one, “Looking Through an Antiracist Lens,” considers how antiracist pedagogy can be applied to curatorial practices through a close study of the artwork of Elizabeth Catlett. Get a sneak peak into an upcoming curatorial project and learn about the collaborative process of Dalila Scruggs, Fellowship Coordinator; Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art; and Sackler Center Curatorial Assistant Jenée-Daria Strand, then ask questions and provide feedback to the curatorial team.

Concurrent session two, “The Afrofuturist City,” explores Afrofuturism as a teaching tool through group discussion, writing, and art-making with ray ferreira, artist and Guided Gallery Visit Coordinator. Practice using an Afrofuturist lens to analyze and interpret artwork across mediums, including visual art and creative writing. Then, collaboratively explore New York City as a case study to learn about histories of exclusion and imagine possibilities for radical, antiracist restructurings of the built environment. 


  • 10:30 am–12 pm Keynote: “Antiracism in Arts Education” with Keonna Hendrick
  • 1–2:30 pm Concurrent sessions:
    • “Looking Through an Antiracist Lens” with Dalila Scruggs, Catherine Morris, and Jenée-Daria Strand
    • “The Afrofuturist City” with ray ferreira

Registration is $10 for one session, or $15 for two. A Zoom link will be sent via email. Members receive 10% off. Not a Member? Join today! 

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Installation view, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85. Brooklyn Museum, April 21–September 17, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Dorado)

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