Friday 12/04/20 4:30PM
Conversations · Educators

Youth, Arts, and Healing Justice: A Dialogue with Aimee Meredith Cox and Noor Jones-Bey

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Left: Photo Courtesy of Aimee Meredith Cox Right: Photo Courtesy of Noor Jones-Bey

This conversation features cultural anthropologist Aimee Meredith Cox, author of the critically acclaimed Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship, and Noor Jones-Bey, an educator with over a decade of experience teaching, directing, and consulting for school, university, and youth programs. Cox and Jones-Bey will discuss the role of arts in resistance and healing as practiced amongst BIPOC youth and communities. Both speakers will draw upon insights from their research as well the relationship between art and mind/body healing, drawing from their experiences within and apart from school and institutional settings.

A recording of this conversation is available here.

This conversation 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. The next program in this series is Workshop for Teachers: Art Making as Radical Self Care and Community Care in Youth Education on December 11.

Accessibility Information:
This event will be live captioned.

Aimee Meredith Cox is an anthropologist, writer, movement artist, and critical ethnographer. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Anthropology and African American Studies Departments at Yale University. Aimee’s first monograph, Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke 2015), won the 2017 book award from the Society for the Anthropology of North America, a 2016 Victor Turner Book Prize in Ethnographic Writing, and Honorable Mention from the 2016 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize. She is also the editor of the volume Gender: Space (MacMillan, 2018). Aimee is a dancer and choreographer. She performed and toured internationally with Ailey II and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and has choreographed performances as interventions in public and private space in Newark, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. Aimee is currently working on two book projects based on ethnographic research among Black communities in Cincinnati, Ohio; Jackson, Mississippi; Clarksburg, West Virginia; and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. This overall project is called “Living Past Slow Death.”

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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