Black Lives Matter

Soundtrack of Black Lives Matter: Activist Music in the Classroom

with Maria De Valle, Nicholas Ryan Gant, Janelle Lawrence, Alice Tsui & Martin Urbach
Thursday, August 6, 2020
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

In this hands- and voice-on session for teachers who use (or want to use) music in their classroom, participants will engage in anti-racist, abolitionist, liberatory, community music-making. We will talk about the ways music has been central to liberation movements throughout history, and then work together to make music that responds to the current moment.

Maria De Valle is the CEO of Shine on Kids Arts Initiative. A music teacher with eight years of experience, she has founded music programs in elementary schools throughout the city. Shine on Kids NYC gives families the opportunity to bond, learn, and grow together through musical experiences.

Nicholas Ryan Gant is a New York-based singer/songwriter. A graduate of Howard University, Nicholas works as a vocal coach in the New York area, sings support vocals for the likes of Mariah Carey, Ledisi, Run the Jewels, Sy Smith, Miri Ben-Ari, and Michael McDonald. His latest project, Maze EP, is a collaboration with producer Kriswontwo from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Janelle Lawrence is a writer, composer, performer, and the Artistic Director of Broad Views on Broadway, a non-profit Theatre Company dedicated to equal opportunity and representation of new theatre pieces. Their work has been seen at Club Cumming, Teatro La Tea, Joe’s Pub, and Dixon Place, and they are co-moderator of Musical Theatre Factory’s Women/Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Roundtable and a 2020 Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellow.

Alice Tsui is an Asian American/Chinese American pianist, music educator, scholar, activist, and lifelong Brooklynite. She holds degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education and is completing a doctorate at Boston University. She is the founding music teacher at P.S. 532 New Bridges Elementary, in Crown Heights, and is on the piano faculty at the Manhattan School of Music’s summer program. Alice facilitates freestyle rap, hip-hop, improv, and comedy musical experiences with youth and adults across the U.S. with Freestyle Love Supreme.

Academy Fellow Martin Urbach is a Latinx immigrant, educator, activist, and composer. At school, he creates “liberated spaces” where kids fall in love with music and use music to promote social justice. He is a doctoral candidate in music education at Columbia University, holds a BA in jazz performance from the University of New Orleans, an MA in jazz arts from the Manhattan School of Music, and an Advanced Certificate in Music Education from Brooklyn College. He teaches music at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City.

The History of Policing in the United States

with Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 •
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are no longer being accepted.

In the first session of this class, Khalil Gibran Muhammad will discuss the history of policing in the United States as it relates to the experience of Black Americans. During the second, teachers will have an opportunity to exchange ideas related to the topic.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. He is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. He is a contributor to a 2014 National Research Council study, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences, and is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, which won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. His work has been featured in the New York Times’  landmark 1619 Project, and Ava DuVernay’s 13th.

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