I wanted to point you to this great place to start your journey on becoming a more inclusive, anti-racist art teacher. The new Anti-Racist Art Teachers website has loads of resources to get you started with reading, listening, learning and reflecting on how to remove stereotypes and false narratives in your art curriculum. They even are starting a collection of lesson plans specifically designed for the art classroom.
You can now download these posters for FREE at these three TpT stores:
Paula Liz: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Making-Art-With-Ms-Paula-Liz
Francesca Levy: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ms-Levys-Art-Class
Paula says: “What does fighting racism have to do with art education? Everything. I’m taking the oath to do what’s right. As an art educator, I have the power to see COLOR, to VALUE all students, to create a safe SPACE, to FORM a more fair and just future, to step beyond the LINE and learn to SHAPE new perspectives through art education. A future without racism can begin in the art classroom. You can be part of the change. Join me in becoming an ally! @ms.paulaliz @nylah.khan @mslevyteachesart”
Read “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 for insight and suggested actions for art educators.
Watching: I also watched this presentation last night: Increasing Diversity and Working Towards an Inclusive Curriculum with Kiayani Douglas by the Art of Education, which was a really good conversation.
Reading: Currently I am reading this book.
I ordered some new books for my classroom and I’m starting to grow my collection of children’s books about black artists and diversity. I am going to be reviewing my curriculum and seeing where I can add more diversity to the artists that I teach. These are all Amazon Affiliate links. Proceeds from this month’s affiliate links will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.
I know there are many more great resources out there, this list only scratches the surface. Please leave comments below to add to the conversation!