Equity in Arts Education Webinars

SEADAE was proud to present Equity in Arts Education: Cultivating SEL for Arts Educators, Supervisors, and Administrators, a three-part professional learning series. We are grateful to those who joined us for sessions on August 11, August 18, and September 29, 2021.

Featuring leaders from across the field of arts education and other creative industries, these sessions addressed the fundamental question of "What does it mean to be anti-racist in arts education?"


Questions about past sessions? Email info@seadae.org.


Session # 1: Wednesday, August 11th 3:00-4:30 pm EDT
The Anti-Bias Anti-Racist Art Room (ABAR): Curriculum & Instruction in Praxis

Led by Anti Racist Art Teachers, this panel discussion will focus on what anti-bias, anti-racist curriculum & instruction looks like in praxis. Each panel member will provide examples of lessons and teaching strategies that they utilize in the classroom. There will be opportunity for collaboration and conversation among the panelists and participants as we discuss what it means to move from reflection to reformation of our curriculum and instruction.

Session # 2: Wednesday, August 18th 3:00-4:30 pm EDT
Promoting Equity from Coast to Coast

This panel will share examples of how Maryland, New York, and Seattle Public Schools promote culturally responsive and anti-racist arts education for all students through: New York’s Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education Framework and policy statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Maryland’s Anti-racist Educator’s of the Arts Learning Lab; and Seattle Public School’s Culturally Responsive Antiracist Arts Framework.

Panelists: Alysia Lee (Maryland State Department of Education); David Seligman (New York State Education Department); Gail Sehlhorst and Christopher Mena (Seattle Public Schools)

The Anti-Racist Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) Classroom
Wednesday, September 29th 6:30-8:30 pm EDT



What does it mean to be an anti-racist Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) teacher? What are the specific tools and resources that will support us in this work? How can we build strategic alliances and engage in meaningful dialogue with other teachers about building an inclusive and anti-racist AME pathway?

Please join us for a special professional learning event that explores pathways to creating an anti-racist Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) classroom. Moderator
Dr. Denise Boston (Equity and Restorative Practices Manager for Howard County Government, Maryland and former Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the California Institute of Integral Studies) will be joined by panelists Danielle Drake (California Institute of Integral Studies), Alison Trope (Critical Media Project), and Sebastien Elkoulby (View Park High School).

Following the panel, we will break into our Communities of Practice, discipline-specific discussion groups that will help us lean into this work of developing culturally aware content creators, supporting increased representation in the creative industries, and becoming the extraordinary educators we are meant to be!

Meet the Moderator: Dr. Denise Boston

Dr. Denise Boston is an international scholar/practitioner on how to creatively implement culturally responsive and arts-based interventions in diverse systems. For over 30 years, her passion for integrating mental health care, systems thinking, and community-centered research to achieve systemic change has been illustrated through her work on multiple implementation projects in China, the U.S., Seoul, Korea, and Peru. In addition, Dr. Boston is recognized for transforming the landscape of antiracist training by integrating emancipatory theoretical concepts into actionable resources.

Recent highlights of Dr. Boston’s work include supporting the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, San Mateo Collaborative Practice Group, and Trinity Washington University on their trauma-informed and expressive arts objectives.

Dr. Boston emphasizes equity-driven approaches as much of her work focuses on supporting underinvested populations. She strives to ensure that all perspectives are valued along the implementation pathway with a particular understanding of the need for collective and restorative actions to create system-level change.

She holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Walden University, MA in Psychology and Counseling from Goddard College, and a BFA in Drama from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a Registered Drama Therapist and a board member of Be Strong Families.

This series has been made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.