Racism as a Public Health Emergency

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 recognize racism as a public health emergency, and take action to support our communities? This session will zoom out beyond the theatre world to focus on the communities we serve, exploring the ways in which racism is a public health emergency. The session will offer ideas on the importance of arts to address this emergency in communities, as well as ways TYA professionals can tangibly respond to the emergency of racism within and outside of the walls of our institutions.

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.