3:00 PM15:00

New York Society Library

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 3:00 PM | Members' Room | open to the public | for ages 13 and up | free of charge | registration required

Join the conversation with award-winning, bestselling author Renée Watson and writer/performer Ellen Hagan as they discuss their new YA novel Watch Us Rise.

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2:45 PM14:45

"Read Woke" Panel at 2018 SLJ Leadership Summit

Join Renée and fellow "Read Woke" panelists at the 2018 SLJ Leadership Summit. This year's theme is Own It! Making "Good Trouble," focusing on a range of related topics from critical thinking and teen activism to sustainability and tech equity. Visit SLJ's website for further details.

Location: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams Street Brooklyn, NY 11201)

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to Jul 19

The Girl Project - Kentucky

What is The Girl Project ?

The Girl Project is a unique arts-meets-activism program designed to inspire, educate and empower girls of all ages to challenge the misrepresentation of girls and women in American media culture through performing arts education.

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12:30 PM12:30

Another Way To Say Enter - Amanda Johnston Book Launch

Join us for the Harlem release of ANOTHER WAY TO SAY ENTER by Amanda Johnston at the historic Langston Hughes House. Special guests Ellen Hagan and Rachel Eliza Griffiths will warm the space with readings to welcome this debut collection to NYC. Deep gratitude to the I, Too Arts Collective and Argus House Press for making this possible. 


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4:00 PM16:00

National Guild Conference - San Francisco, CA

The Radical Act of Self-Care: Sustaining Yourself as a Leader

How as arts education leaders do we sustain ourselves mentally, physically, and creatively? This workshop will focus on the ways in which movement, writing, and visual art can be forms of personal and collective healing and renewal. Participants will leave with the understanding that self-care is a radical act. Sustaining yourself personally can help you cope with feelings of isolation, exhaustion, and overload that often come with the day-to-day responsibilities of leading an organization or team; heal from toxic environments; and generate hope in these uncertain times. We'll explore a variety of strategies and activities you can use in your own self practice and in your community environments (schools, organizations, homes, studios). Track: Leadership Development.

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2:30 PM14:30

Celebrating the Poetic Legacy of Whitman, Williams & Ginsberg: A Literary Festival & Conference

The festival will include readings and workshops by Patricia Smith and Li-Young Lee, and offer a series of scholarly and creative panels that explore the legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg or other American poets, who write in the same poetic tradition.

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10:15 AM10:15

Berkshire Conference

I’m Not Ready to Die Yet: Engaging the Past, Present, and Future with Our Youth

Artist/Scholar Collaboration

Artists: Ellen Hagan, David Flores

Scholar Respondents: Stephanie Troutman

As teaching artists, we are called to create art and build curricula that encourage our students to both engage with the current state of the world as well as disrupt the status quo through their own art and activism. In this session, we will share poems and art installation videos that address and respond to the murders of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Walter Scott, the historical context of white supremacy via the murder of Emmett Till and others, as well as the wide range of responses through protest and art. We will share community building techniques, pedagogical strategies, prompts and ideas for group art making in response to current events in relation to our history of racial oppression. We will discuss ways in which our young people begin to take ownership over studying, distilling and creating poetry as a dialogue and response to police brutality and racial profiling.

*Title from a poem by Aracelis Girmay

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