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.
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 1:30 – 2:45 PM ET
Cost: Sliding Scale. Visit tyausa.org/antiracism for details.
Amelia is an artist, coach, consultant, writer and speaker with more than 20 years of community development experience spanning four continents. She earned the first and only self-designed master’s degree from the University of Minnesota integrating arts, emergency management and community development. She managed the first Twin Cities placemaking residency and was a key player in the development of the cultural corridor along the St. Paul light rail with Twin Cities LISC. Amelia’s presentations and articles have been the first to focus on the role of arts in disaster recovery and have been seen in multiple publications, conferences and locations from New Orleans to New Zealand. In partnership with Springboard for the Arts, she developed the first Community Emergency Relief Fund to support artistic responses to urgent community needs. As the program manager for Creative CityMaking, she has implemented the first program in the City of Minneapolis that partners artists with City staff to work on addressing the City’s equity goals. Amelia sits on the national cabinet of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, she is board chair of Springboard of the Arts, and she is an adjunct professor in leadership at the University of Minnesota. She created Emergency Arts to transform crisis through creativity and is currently focused on addressing the public health emergency of racism.