Date and Time
May 30, 2023 6:00 pm
Do you think, “I’m just a kid. What can I do to make a difference?” Be an anti-racist artist! Have fun with 38 creative projects that empower you to use your art, actions, and words to create meaningful change.
Start your anti-racist art-making journey by defining ideas like race, racism, and anti-racism. Dive into six sections, beginning with self-reflection before seeking justice and taking action! Each section’s theme includes an array of activity choices, including:
Identity – Who you are and what makes you unique.
Explore your identity and create a symbol that represents you.
Culture – Your way of life and honoring what others value about theirs.
Make a textile design inspired by your home and culture.
Community – Connecting to people and places.
Challenge your implicit biases and discover how to draw diverse people.
Empathy – Understanding others and having compassion.
Learn the meaning of equity by solving real-world math problems with art.
Justice – Making a society that is fair for all.
Create a miniature billboard that comments on a social issue.
Activism – Creating change and transforming our communities.
Mail a postcard to a politician that informs them of what you would like to see change.
Other activities include designing a community mural and organizing people to make a positive change. As you work through the pages and explore the many parts of being an anti-racist artist, you will learn various art-making skills and engage with different materials such as paint, clay, textiles, and recycled materials. At the back, a helpful glossary defines terms that come up in anti-racist discussions, from “activism” to “white supremacy.”
This book is just a starting point, and the possibilities are endless. There is no limit to your imagination and your impact!
Paula Liz and Anjali Wells are joining us on the Busboys stage to share various forms of communal activism through art. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during and after the event, and the authors will be signing following the program.
This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of ANTI-RACIST ART ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS will be available for purchase before and after the event. Please note that this event is IN PERSON and will NOT be livestreamed.
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Anti-Racist Art Teachers is a collective of educators residing across the United States who promote inclusive thinking, celebrate diversity, and inspire transformative action through art education. We seek to provide educators and caregivers resources to explore anti-bias and anti-racist concepts through art-making that engages youth in critical conversations about voice, power, bias, race, equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice. Learn more at antiracistartteachers.org.
Paula Liz is an artist, activist, educator, and author. She was born in Puerto Rico and attended the Maryland Institute of Art, receiving a BFA in Painting and an MAT in Art Education. She has taught K–12 art in New York; Texas; Washington, DC; and Maryland, where she was named Art Educator of the Year in 2022. Her passion for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the center of her lessons and expand beyond the classroom. Learn more at paulalizart.com.
Anjali Wells is an art educator from Maryland who is passionate about teaching others to use art as an outlet. She believes everyone’s voice is powerful, deserves to be heard, and can do so creatively. To share this mission, she created the nonprofit Creative Outlets Arts Center. Learn more about how you can use art as an outlet for wellness at CreativeOutletsAC.com.