The MAEA Board of Directors has put together a collection of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion resources for educators.
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MAEA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force Recommendations – Approved by the MAEA Board of Directors at the July 2021 Board Meeting.
Black Lives Matter: An Open Letter to Art Educators on Constructing an Anti-Racist Agenda – written by Dr. James Haywood Rolling, Jr. President-Elect of the National Art Education Association, Chair of the NAEA Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Commission, Professor of Arts Education, Syracuse University
Message from the MAEA Board of Directors – written by Melissa Mastrolia, President of MAEA.
Definitions of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Developed and Approved by the NAEA Board
Equity: Refers to conditions that support fairness and justness based on individual needs and circumstances whereas all members have opportunities to thrive and realize their best within the NAEA community (adopted December 2017).
Diversity: The term ‘diversity’ describes both observable and non-observable individual differences (life experiences, work context, learning and working styles, personality types among others) and group/social differences (race, gender identity and expression, age, social class, country of origin, ability, beliefs, intellectual and cultural perspectives, among others) that can contribute to organizational vibrancy and a dynamic professional community.
Inclusion: The term ‘inclusion’ describes proactive, intentional, and thoughtful engagement with diversity to the extent that all have the ability to contribute fully and effectively throughout the NAEA community.
- NAEA’s National Task Force on Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion – Resources from NAEA
- Black Lives Matter – A resource from NAEA
- CARE SYLLABUS – MCL/MASS MoCA – a justice-oriented public education and community resource featuring original text, visual media, recordings and virtual live events by activists, artists, and academics.
- Anti-Racism Resources For All Ages – A Padlet of Anti-Racism Resources for all ages. A project of the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair at the University of South Carolina.
- Anti-Racist Art Teachers – Many resources, including lesson plans for K-12 students, for anti-racist art teaching.
- Abolitionist Teaching Network – including Resources for Agitators
- ACT 4Peace: Anti-racist and Culturally-responsive Teaching For Peace – Dr. Lori Santos and Wichita State University art education program assistants and WSU preservice students. This document combines resources shared by many art teachers and preservice students.
- Anti-Racist Educator Questionnaire and Rubric – Tool to be used to help educators work through their own biases.
- An extensive list of articles, videos and books.
- The [email protected] Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources from Davis Publications
Adding Voices Online Conference – This conference is a call to action for representation in art education through creating community amongst art educators of color and discussing inclusive pedagogy. This conference hopes to create a diverse community of educators dedicated to courageous conversations and solutions to address equity and inclusion in arts curriculum K-12 and at the college level.
“I [STILL] can’t breathe”: Supporting kids of color amid racialized violence with child psychologist Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith
Learning for Justice – Formerly Teaching Tolerance – Webinars offer helpful guidance and great ideas from our experienced teaching and learning specialists and from innovative educators in the Teaching Tolerance community.
Reading for Educators
- Recommended Reading from NAEA’s ED&I Task Force
- #BlackLivesMatter: Access and Equity in the Arts and Education
- “But He Looks Like Me. I Never Saw an Artist Look Like That”: Making Connections to Social Justice Through Art
- Black Lives Matter: An Open Letter to Art Educators on Constructing an Anti-Racist Agenda – written by Dr. James Haywood Rolling, Jr. President-Elect of the National Art Education Association, Chair of the NAEA Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Commission, Professor of Arts Education, Syracuse University. Includes insight and suggested actions for arts educators.
- From one educator to another: understanding the protests through the lens of structural racism – Cornelius Minor, author of, We Got This, which explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices. In this piece, he describes the different levels of racism and that the Black Lives Matter protests are about structural racism.
- Teachers Grieve With Their Students From a Distance – June 1, 2020 – Education Week
- “Don’t Say Nothing: Silence speaks volumes. Our students are listening.” – Resource from Teaching Tolerance. Fall 2016
- Uncovering the Trauma of Racism – A resource from the American Psychological Association
- Helping Students Discuss Race Openly – A resource by Julie Landsman. November 2016
- Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students – A resource from Teaching Tolerance
- How to Talk “Taboo” Topics With Young Students – A resource by Liz Kleinrock. September 2019
- Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla F. Saad
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
Books For Students
- Black Lives Matter Instructional Library – Numerous read-alouds.
- Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice
- A Kids’ Book About Racism – Read-aloud
Videos for Educators
TED TALK, “The Danger of Silence” – “We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.
Talking to children after racial incidents – an interview with Howard Stevenson
Watch Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist” On Demand Until August 20, 2020
Videos for Students
26 Mini-Films For Exploring Race, Bias & Identity with your Students – A resource from The New York Times
Podcasts for Educators
Talking Race with Young Children (20 min) – NPR episode, includes additional resources
Teaching Tolerance – Deepen your knowledge and improve your practice with Teaching Tolerance podcasts. Each episode explores an aspect of a Teaching Tolerance topic or framework and is produced with educators in mind.
Anti-Racist Elements of Art Posters – Created by a BPS art educator, Francesca Levy
Art Education Journal Instructional Resources
Each issue of NAEA’s Art Education Journal includes an instructional resource. The following are resources that can be used in the classroom and beyond to foster dialogue about and understanding of why Black Lives Matter.
- Art to Bring About Change: The Work of Tyree Guytonoffsite link downloadAcrobat Reader
Melanie L. Buffington
- Eric Garcia: Warrior With a Penoffsite link downloadAcrobat Reader
- Exploring Racism through Photographyoffsite link downloadAcrobat Reader
Cass Fey, Ryan Shin, Shana Cinquemani, and Catherine Marino
- From the Streets to the Students: Tion Bukue and Empowerment Through Graffitioffsite link downloadAcrobat Reader
- Kara Walker: Subtlety as a Big Ideaoffsite link downloadAcrobat Reader
Laura K. Reeder
- Power and Control: Responding to Social Injustice With Photographic Memesoffsite link downloadAcrobat Reader
Amanda K. Arlington
NAEA Position Statements
NAEA’s platform and position statements relate to national issues or topics of interest to the profession and/or field of visual arts education and advances the mission of the organization. We are sharing the following position statements that can be helpful in communicating the need for social change and also may be helpful in supporting your students.
- Diversity in Visual Art Education [Adopted April 2014; Reviewed and Revised March 2017]
- Attracting Diversity into the Profession [Adopted March 2016; Revised and Adopted July 2016]
- Freedom of Speech Through Visual Expression [Adopted July 2011; Update of 1991 Statement on Censorship and the Arts Reviewed and Revised April 2014; Reviewed and Revised March 2019]
- Visual Arts Education and Social Justice [Adopted March 2015; Reviewed and Revised March 2018]
- Use of Imagery, Cultural Appropriation and Socially Just Practices [Adopted March 2017]
- Reaching Learners who have Experienced Trauma [Adopted April 2020]
- Positive School Culture and Climate [Adopted March 2016; Reviewed and Revised March 2019]