January 19

Dream Unfinished

Thanks to our band teacher for sharing this great resource! Mr. Andert has been working on integrating diversity into band program. Through his training and work with “The Dream Unfinished,” he is working to present more music from diverse composers in the music classroom.

AN ACTIVIST ORCHESTRA

The Dream Unfinished is an activist orchestra which supports NYC-based civil rights and community organizations through concerts and presentations.

MISSION

To use classical music as a platform to engage audiences with issues related to social and racial justice. Since its founding in 2014, TDU has staged over a dozen performances throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and partnered with organizations such as the Center for Constitutional Rights, Black Women’s Blueprint, Justice League NYC, African American Policy Forum, and others. In 2015, The Dream Unfinished’s inaugural season honored the one year of Eric Garner’s passing. Its 2016 season, entitled Sing Her Name, culminated on the one-year anniversary of Sandra Bland’s passing. Future seasons of The Dream Unfinished will focus on the school to prison pipeline, solitary confinement, and gentrification.

January 19

Name That Color….

Thank you Mrs. Rickli for sharing this resource approaching discussions of skin color using descriptive words (much the way we would describe the color of the sky or grass), as opposed to jus racial constructs.

Article excerpt:

“With very young children we often point out the colors of buses, fire trucks and grass, as we teach them about the world. We’re naming all these things, but we’re not talking about people’s colors. In some ways, it’s really odd that there’s this whole description that we’re not addressing. It teaches kids that race is not okay to talk about. When parents are silent, children make up their own stories as to why.”

For a link to the full article, click here.

Some places where I could imagine quick references in our classes:

We are often “identifying” in our content areas, whether specific names for tubes of acrylic paint, or symbols on a periodic table.  Perhaps when identifying topics come up, and he have discussions of symbolic vs. representational, we can weave the conversation of actual skin color vs. racially defined colors into our conversations.

January 18

From Standing Rock to Ramapough-Lenape Nation

From Standing Rock to Ramapough-Lenape Nation

Please join our conversation

Date: Friday, January 20th

Time: 7:30pm

Where: Threefold Café

285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY  10977

Speakers:

Scott Dunn (Director of Nature Place Day Camp) The experience with the water protectors at The Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota. He will talk about the different people who chose to gather there, the organization, teaching, actions and prayers that he took part in.

Reverend Janet Weber (Cross-cultural/Interfaith Minister, Indigenous Elders Assistant & Advocate, working with Lakota, Cheyenne & Ramapough-Lenape) “Sacred Activism: Standing Rock to Ramapo–the frontline comes home” Information about the Water Walk for Life and the Ramapo Split Rock camp. Bringing the spiritual together with activism.

Chuck Stead (Doctor of Environmental Studies, Adjunct Professor Ramapo College, Senior Program Assistant Town of Ramapo, Storyteller) “Traditional Knowledge in the 21st Century” – the role that traditional native pathways plays in dealing with a society addicted to commodification.

January 15

Shepard Fairey’s plan to depict Innauguration Day imagery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2008, Shepard Fairey ushered in the presidency of Barrack Obama with his graphic “Hope” posters.

This week, Shepard Fairey will do appeal to the masses again, with a series of images entitled “We the People.”  These images will be made available to the masses through their printing in the Washington Post.

Click here for the PBS story that provides more information on this initiative that was funded through a kickstarter campaign.

January 13

Courageous Conversations 2

I never cease to be amazed by the power of students to connect across all sorts of barriers, if they are just given the time and space.

Today 60 students, from ENL classes, VAASA, Student Council and World of Difference spent the morning together.  In getting to know each other, they discovered not only how much they didn’t know about each other, but also how much they have in common.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We continue our journey to open dialogue in respectful and meaningful ways….