TA Newsletter Mar 2019 Issue 3.12

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ISSUE 3.12 || Mar 2019


Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences
March 26-27
Programming May Be Affected

Upcoming Undoing Racism Workshops
Please click here for a list of upcoming Undoing Racism Workshops facilitated by the People's Institute in the tri-state area. As a reminder, this is a paid opportunity through Girl Be Heard. Please email jen@girlbeheard.org your preferred workshop dates to schedule. If you are trying to decide to go to training, be sure to watch Sofiya's Campfire video!

Don't forget to turn in your session reports!

Inspiration Resources

When Girls Spit: The Power of Spoken Word

Encouraging young women of color to express their experiences creatively through spoken word can empower them.

Anti-racism protest at Fieldston private school in Bronx ends with students declaring victory

The anti-racism protest and occupation that plunged the posh Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx into chaos ended with the administration meeting students’ demands just ahead of their spring break deadline Thursday.

Read the full article here

TA Toolbox

100 ways to Energise groups: Games to use in Workshops, Meetings and the Community
Thanks to Allie for sharing this resource from her recent facilitation training! 

Articles on Power, Community, and Change

  1. Algeria’s President Yields to Protests, Saying He Won’t Pursue Fifth Term
  2. ‘For Us, by Us’: Inside the New Social Spaces for People of Color
  3. A Native American tribe will cover the costs of the funerals for all of the Alabama tornado victims


Community-Word Project: Re-membering, Re-claiming, Re-connecting by Teaching Artist Project (TAP) Cohort

Sat, March 23, 2019

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Carnegie Hall

881 Seventh Avenue

New York, NY 10019

Through the lens of decolonization, attendees of this workshop will explore the questions: who am I? where do I come from? where am I going? what are my responsibilities? Each individual will have the opportunity to excavate the sacredness from their being to re-incorporate the sacred into their art and teaching practice.

YNB presents Stand for Peace Vigil

Wednesday 3/20

Endeavor Elementary School Rooftop
510 Waverly Avenue
Join us THIS FRIDAY, March 22nd to launch 9 Weeks of Art + Action, a diversity of strategies and tactics addressing the crisis at the Whitney Museum of American Art and beyond. The objective is to remove Warren B. Kanders immediately and advance the remaining demands of the staff of the museum, as the beginning of a decolonization process.

Let us remember what brought us here: 100 Whitney staff members taking a stand and demanding the removal of Warren Kanders, the Whitney Vice Chairman by day and an international weapons dealer by night. We stand in solidarity with the workers, because we do not entertain profiteers of state violence. Period.

Throughout the 9 Weeks, we (the many, many POC-centered, community-based collectives and organizations) will map out these connections between lands, spaces, communities, and struggles using a diversity of strategies and tactics. Additionally, we welcome autonomous actions that decenter the museum, center our struggles and movements, and draw the necessary connections using decolonization as a framework.
Teaching Artist Salon: Differentiated Teaching and Learning by The Center for Arts Education

Wed, March 20, 2019

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

The Center For Arts Education

266 West 37th Street (entrance at 520 8th Ave)

9th Floor (north tower)

New York, NY 10018

Differentiating instruction to meet the strengths, needs, and interests of all students is one of the key responsibilities of any educator. Utilizing a Universal Design for Learning framework, this workshop will explore how incorporating multiple modes of expression can provide students varied opportunities to develop and articulate understanding. This hands-on workshop will offer the opportunity to participate in a co-facilitated mini-lesson, discuss tips and best practices identified by CAE Teaching Artists, and participate in a practical exploration of differentiation.
Foundational Series for Line Staff: Conflict Resolution
Thu, March 21, 2019 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
PASE - Partnership for Afterschool Education
120 Broadway #230
New York, NY 10271

This workshop will cover the basics of conflict resolution and effective communication. By exploring the roots of conflict, participants will gain new strategies not only for dealing positively with conflict, but also for helping children and youth manage conflicts. Participants will have the opportunity to practice conflict mediation skills through role-plays and active listening. Free registration here!

Addressing Trauma: Staying In Balance
Fri, March 22, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
Nonprofit Coordinating Committee
135 West 36th Street
15th Floor
New York, NY 10018

As busy nonprofit professionals facing ever-increasing demands for productivity and efficacy, it is more important than ever that we are actively engaged in our own self-care in and out of the workplace. Active engagement in self-care requires not only that we assess our personal well-being at work, but that we also implement practical and flexible strategies to support ourselves based on our assessments of what we need to take care of ourselves on a regular basis. At the same time, active engagement in self-care requires that we assess the challenges inherent in serving program participants at our agencies and develop the skills and resources to do our best work under demanding interpersonal and organizational circumstances. This full day session will provide nonprofit professionals who work with program participants the opportunity to build their own self-care practices and expand their capacity for working optimally under stress. More info and tickets here
ArtistYear: Reflection Tools for Teaching Artists and Their Students

Wed, April 10, 2019

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

The Center For Arts Education

266 West 37th Street

New York, NY 10018

More information, check out their website!


As of March 18th, 2019, requests for applications for the waiting list at Westbeth, a 384 unit building located in the West Village in Manhattan, will be accepted for 1-6 person households with qualifying incomes and with working artists who are professionals in their fields. In addition to income restrictions, one adult member of the household will be screened for artistic qualifications. Westbeth provides affordable live-work space for artists and their families. In addition to the income eligibility criteria posted in the advertisement, one adult member of the household will be screened for artistic qualifications. Applications will be accepted for 1-6 person families. Applications must be downloaded or requests for paper applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2019. The deadline to submit an application is May 31, 2019.


While most units at Westbeth are rent-stabilized, some Section 8 subsidies occasionally become available for which more stringent income restrictions apply. Qualifying Section 8 tenants pay 30% of their income towards rent. For rent stabilized units, rents may vary and the current maximum household income (95% of AMI) from all sources is*:

One person -$69,445 I Two persons -$79,325 I Three persons -$89,205Four persons -$99,085 I Five persons -$107,065 I Six persons -$114,950 *Income guidelines are subject to change

If you are interested in applying, please download the application at http://westbeth.nyc/housing-application-2019.pdf.

The Portrait is Political

This trio of exhibitions will be on view at BRIC House during the BRIC OPEN.


The overarching theme, The Portrait is Political, alludes to the fact that all three exhibitions on view in the Gallery focus on artists and subjects who represent marginalized, under-recognized communities in Brooklyn. The first step in social justice - the theme of the 2019 BRIC OPEN - is validation of the individual; the portrait is a key means of recognizing individual lives. The three exhibitions are as follows:

Jaishri AbichandaniJasmine Blooms At Night 
A solo exhibition of small-scale paintings by a noted Brooklyn-based artist portraying South Asian American feminists in the local community who are making a large social impact. Painted on circular and triangular panels, the paintings are elaborated with materials and decorative elements drawn from South Asian visual traditions.

Photographs by Texas Isaiah
Texas Isaiah is a visual narrator from Brooklyn who is currently based in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and NYC. His work explores gender, race, and sexuality by inviting the sitter to participate in the photographic process. The invitation constructs a space to begin and continue collaborative visual dialogues about legacy, self-empowerment, emotional justice, protection, and topophilia (the affective bond between people and place). Texas Isaiah is invested in the possibilities of what it can mean to be seen, loved, and cared for when you have your photograph taken.

The Other Is You: Brooklyn Queer Portraiture curated by artist Liz Collins
This is an exhibition of portraits by some 35 Brooklyn LGBTQ artists, displayed salon style on the large center wall of BRIC’s gallery. The exhibition features artists at varied stages in their career and working with a wide array of media.  Seen in sum, the works create a celebratory sense of community. In addition, Liz Collins, who is both an artist and designer, designed a gathering space/viewing lounge in the center of the Gallery.
Curator: Liz Collins
Assistant Curators: Anna Parisi and Sol Nova

Ain't No Mo'
Running at the Public Theatre Until April 21st

AIN'T NO MO' is a vibrant satirical odyssey portraying the great exodus of Black Americans out of a country plagued with injustice.
Win of the Week
Ikea launches a line of products to make their furniture more accessible for folks with disabilities. They have even released the products as open source, so with access to 3D printing, folks can make their furniture fit their needs better without focusing on incurring more costs. 
Happy Women's History Month!
Thanks to TransLatina Coalition for sharing this image. 
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