Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Resources

The MAEA Board of Directors has put together a collection of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion resources for educators.

If you have additional items to add to this resource list, please feel free to email webmaster@massarted.com with additional materials.

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.



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

Books For Students

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.

Classroom Materials

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.

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.