Racism and the Need for Diversity in the Canon of Stories for Children

Join TYA/USA, in partnership with Arts in Color, in a national conversation on addressing the racism and oppression that impacts the entire TYA industry in personal, professional, and systemic ways.

How do we challenge the “classic” stories we tell to children and reimagine the canon itself? Leading Children’s Literature Scholars will explore how the stories we tell shape young people; demonstrate how racism is found throughout the “classic” and contemporary children’s literature; highlight the ways in which protagonists of color are represented in children’s stories; and offer ways to meaningfully diversify the stories we create and tell to young people.

Over the course of a 11-session webinar series we will explore a variety of issues and perspectives regarding the ways artists and organizations can begin to (or further) embed antiracist practice in Theatre for Young Audiences.

In addition to the 11 webinars, participants will be provided with reading materials, resources, follow up questions to deepen their learning, and a Slack Channel for further dialogue. Join colleagues across the country in actively engaging with ways to dismantle racism and white supremacy in the TYA field, and work toward making (or sustaining) meaningful change in creating a truly equitable landscape for our artists, organizations, and our young audiences.