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Educators Workshop with Black Gotham Experience

Pedagogy Outside the Classroom

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Artwork: Pope Phoenix. Courtesy: Black Gotham Experience

Calling all teachers and educators! Immerse yourself in pedagogy and storytelling opportunities available outside the classroom. Learn how to use guided walks to travel back in time, embody a place, and find real-world connections to content explored in the classroom. Kamau Ware and Kei Williams will demonstrate how to tap into history and identity to cultivate enjoyable learning experiences for your students. This workshop includes a scavenger hunt where participants can discover new information about the community around the New Museum. Join us for this collective learning experience!

Our Workshops for Educators provide a meeting space for activists, artists, and educators to exchange knowledge and methods for generating critical discussion and structural change while promoting safer and braver spaces. Over the last decade, the Museum has developed educational content, tools, and methods for using contemporary art to engage youth and learning communities in questioning and ideating.

These workshops are designed to consider how teachers enter conversations with diverse knowledge and support each other and their students. The goal of the series is to provide educators with inspiration and resources to nurture creativity, social emotional learning, and justice in education.


The workshop is free for educators, but registration is required.

The program will be begin onsite at the New Museum. Vaccination and masks are strongly recommended, but not required. Please review the New Museum’s COVID guidelines in advance of your visit.


We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible. For full accessibility information, including services available by request, please click here.

About the Participants

Kamau Ware (he/him) is an award-winning visual artist and storyteller based in New York City. He is the founder of Black Gotham Experience (BGX), an immersive visual storytelling project that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City. Ware’s community work includes the 2022 celebration of Manuel Plaza, a public space that was renamed to honor five self-emancipated men all named Manuel; a 2021 initiative to declare July 13th “Black Vision Day,” and the inaugural New York City Hall walking tour focused on Black History in 2018. Ware has been commissioned for original works by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Apollo Theater, the Mile Long Opera, The Shed, Creative Time, and has new works in process for Morris-Jumel Mansion and Lincoln Center. He has had speaking engagements with the New York Historical Society, the Public Theater, Yale University, and the Municipal Archive in Amsterdam. In addition, Ware has developed classes, tours, and workshops for NYU, Columbia University, the New School, and K-12 schools across New York City. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, the New York Times, Atlas Obscura, Hyperallergic, Curbed, ABC, and NBC.

Follow Kamau at kamauware or blackgotham on Twitter and Instagram.

Kei Williams (they/them) is a Community Fellow at the Mellon Initiative for Emerging Scholars at The New School. With Black Gotham Experience, Williams acts as Community Manager and Story Guide, and has supported on commissions for their storytelling project. They are a founding member of Black Lives Matter and part of Movement Netlab—a practice-centered “think-make-and-do” tank. Aside from art-making, Williams is an effective community organizer whose work spans nearly a decade at the intersections of racial justice, prison abolition, queer liberation, gender equality, and climate justice movements. They have presented and provided learning experiences at several institutions including Federal Hall, Barnard College, The Lark Theatre, Columbia University, Museum of the City of NY, and Community Justice Action Fund. They have previously worked with the People’s Climate Movement, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, NEW Pride Agenda, and was honored with the Black Voices for Black Justice Award (2022). They are also honored to serve as a board member for Queer|Art.

Follow Kei at blackboikei on Twitter and Instagram.


Generous lead support is provided by the Keith Haring School, Teen, and Family Programs Fund.

New Museum school and teen programs are made possible, in part, by Con Edison, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Additional endowment support is provided by the JPMorgan Chase Professional Development Workshop Program for Teachers.

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