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Monday, October 19 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Speaking of #BlackintheIvory: Amplifying the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Experience at a2ru and on Our Campuses Student Voices Panel I: Reforming Arts Pedagogy Through Anti-racist Education

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Mobilizing Anti-Racist Arts Leaders On Campus and Beyond (Christmas, Logan, Vader) - How can arts leadership training grounded in an analysis of racial oppression build knowledge, skills, and abilities to challenge racism in dance education, on and off-campus? During this three-part lightning talk, co-founders of the Anti-Racist Working Group within Ohio State University’s Department of Dance discuss how the organization brings embodied practices and lived experience into conversation with anti-racist thought and action to imagine new models for institutional change-making. Presenters will share perspectives on creating a multi-year workshop series, facilitating affinity groups for co-learning, and designing an Anti-Racism Leadership in the Arts certificate program.

Undoing Classical Whiteness: Incorporating Anti-Racism and Social Justice into Classical Music Courses at UW-Madison (Rodriguez, Valmadrid) - To implement anti-racism into the coursework at the Mead Witter School of Music and UW-Madison as a whole, the presenters created a musicology course that enforces foundational social justice concepts and applied them to classical music examples and events. The purpose of this course is to emphasize that music is not exempt from the power structures that propagate white supremacy. This lightning talk summarizes the MWSOM’s need for this course in comparison to the current curriculum, outlines the overall framework of the course, and describes current responses and actions from the MWSOM.

Resiliency Against Bureaucracy: How to Obtain Accountable Action from Trickle-Down Academics (Nambo-Escobar) - From Black and Brown originated dances being reduced to elective coursework to professors teaching in racist manners and from racist perspectives, the University of Washington’s Dance department has upheld institutional systems of racism. There has been an influx of Black and Brown dancers in the department ever since Street Styles and West African dance classes were added to the curriculum over two years ago, but these courses are taught by untenured lecturers and little effort has been made to retain these dancers for the Dance major. The presenter will share her experience as a Brown student navigating bureaucratic systems with the hope of enacting sustainable change. In particular, she will discuss her role on a student-formed organization, the Arts Diversity Council, and the Council’s work to create an antiracist and equitable Dance department.


Tania Nambo-Escobar

Tania is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington. Her background in circus arts led her to study dance, focusing on African and African diasporic dance forms. Her passion for history and diversity has made her a leading voice for change in her dance department.

Monday October 19, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT