Workshop #1 of the Antiracism Tools for Teachers Conference
The purpose of this session is to give art educators real life examples of what ABAR (Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist) curriculum and instruction looks like within the art classroom. This presentation promotes best practices by challenging educators to make a shift from superficial and preformative lessons centred on equality, towards a more liberatory praxis that is rooted in anti-bias and anti-racism.
Resources that will be provided include an ABAR workbook to help guide educators towards removing biases, stereotypes, and false narratives in their art curriculum and instruction. Participants will also be provided with a list of relevant artists, books, articles, and resources they can use when developing an ABAR curriculum. As well as examples of PreK-12 lesson ideas that engage students in critical conversations about voice, power, bias, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the art room.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised near Baltimore, Paula Liz attended the Maryland Institute of Art where she received her BFA in Painting and MAT in Art Education. She believes in the power of student voice, community artivism, and is also the founder of Anti-Racist Art Teachers.
Anti-Racist Art Teachers is working toward removing biases, stereotypes, and false narratives in art education. We believe it is important for educators to begin to learn, reflect, and reform their curriculum and instruction. The goal of our site is to provide a free and centralized location for educators to access culturally relevant and responsive resources.
Art is a visual language and its role in activism is vital. Our images are created not as performative allyship, but as a way to bring attention to the importance of doing the work. Anti-bias antiracist education involves deep and constant reflection. Our images serve as a visual reminder of the value of this work.
Xenolearn is a virtual learning hub for diversity, equity and inclusion. From fear to understanding, Xenolearn’s mission is to make the world safer for human differences. We are a nonprofit educational company that offers resources, a podcast, book clubs and classes. Everyone can learn about diversity, equity and inclusion at Xenolearn, and how to put them into practice.
Our services are designed to appeal to the different learning styles: visual (Learning Hub), auditory (The Xenolearn Podcast), reading/writing (Book Club), and kinesthetic (Courses).