Friday 12/11/20 4:30PM-6PM
Workshops · Educators

Workshop for Teachers: Art Making as Radical Self-Care and Community Care in Youth Education

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Left: Photo Courtesy of Noor Jones-Bey Right: Photo of Nnaemeka Ekwelum by Justin Barbin

In this participatory workshop, educators Noor Jones-Bey and Nnaemeka Ekwelum will share how art making holds space for feeling, rest, and discovery in their work with youth. As scholar artists and educators with experience working in public schools and juvenile justice centers, Jones-Bey and Ekwelum will reflect on creating BIPOC-centered space for artmaking as a practice of abolition and healing justice. This workshop will flow between personal experience, shared practices, and meditations on expanding notions of art and who can be an artist.

New Museum will present this participatory workshop via Zoom. The workshop is at capacity and registration is closed.

This workshop is part of the New Museum’s annual Convening for Contemporary Art, Education, and Social Justice. This year the online convening focuses on the interconnected roles of arts and healing justice in education. For more, see the related program A Conversation on Youth, Arts, and Healing Justice: Aimee Meredith Cox and Noor Jones-Bey on December 4.

Accessibility Information:
This event will be live captioned.

Nnaemeka (Emeka) Ekwelum is a transnational, multidisciplinary researcher, educator, artist, and curator from Boston, MA. He currently lives in Chicago, IL, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Black Studies (African American Studies) at Northwestern University. Emeka’s scholarly and creative interests converge at the intersection of history, critical theory, creative expression, comparative ethnography, and curatorial practice. His current research project examines the role of wonderment in contemporary and craft art collaborations between and amongst Black creatives. Prior to beginning his doctorate at Northwestern, Emeka held a professional career as an educator in his home state of Massachusetts, formally and informally working with youth and adult learners across a range of cultural contexts in the Boston/Greater Boston Area. His teaching philosophy reflects his training in Comparative Ethnic Studies (Columbia University, B.A.) and Arts in Education (Harvard University, Ed.M.), drawing on theories of Black feminist and political thought to interrogate ideas of power, privilege, and personhood through art and artmaking.

Noor Jones-Bey is a transdisciplinary educator, researcher and artist from the Bay Area, CA. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Education at the Steinhardt School and holds fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Urban Doctoral Research Initiative at New York University. Jones-Bey is program director of EXCEL at NYU, a critical literacy and college access program for youth in the South Bronx housed at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. As a scholar deeply interested in the movement between theory and practice, Jones-Bey has served as an educational equity consultant for public schools and serves as a founding member of the Radical Listening Project. She received an M.A. in Sociology of Education from New York University and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Jones-Bey’s scholarly work engages sociology, gender and sexuality studies, Black and Native studies, cultural studies and visual culture to examine issues of liminality, identity, space, and power as they relate to education. Her dissertation examines intergenerational knowing of Black womxn and girls navigating in and out of schools.


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

New Museum Digital Initiatives are generously supported by Hermine and David B. Heller.

New Museum school and youth programs are made possible, in part, by Con Edison, Bloomingdale’s, 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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