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Teaching Artists Summit 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Co-hosted by Chicago Artists Coalition and Hyde Park Art Center

The fourth annual citywide Teaching Artists Summit will provide an opportunity for arts educators to actively build a teaching practice rooted in anti-racist concepts and practices. From understanding the impact of one’s own position within the classroom to incorporating space for discussion of contemporary events and movements within a lesson plan and stewarding difficult conversations, the year’s Summit aims to empower teaching artists to foster more inclusive learning communities. 

Guest speakers will introduce philosophical and ethical frameworks for connecting an imperative to dismantle systemic racism with artmaking’s potential as a platform for discourse and exchange among diverse learners. They will share tools, resources, and strategies for educators and provide feedback on ways to decolonize existing curricula to be more reflective of racial justice values.

The Summit is open to teaching artists working across disciplines, contexts, and student populations throughout the city.

10:30 - 11:00 | Social Time 
11:00 - 12:00 | Welcome Remarks + Keynote Talk with Fo Wilson
12:00 - 1:00 | Potluck Lunch + Culture Share
1:00 - 2:30 | Breakout Sessions: Putting Anti-Racist Theory into Practice
2:30 - 3:00 | Reconvene for a Share-Out of 3 Key Breakthrough Ideas
3:00 - 4:00| Optional Social Hour with Coffee, Tea, Cookies

Hyde Park Art Center | 5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL (map here)

Application + Registration

Registration is by application only. We implement an application process to ensure that participants reflect the diversity of teaching artists and practices in Chicago. 

Applications open: February 12
Deadline to apply: March 3
Notifications sent: March 11 - 15
Confirmation of attendance required by March 17

Apply here


Tuition for the 2019 Teaching Artists Summit is based on a pay-what-you-can model. A suggested tuition donation of $20 may be made online prior to the day of the Summit and goes directly to cover costs associated with the program.​ Any contribution in excess of the suggested donation helps cover the costs of fellow teaching artists for whom tuition would be cost-prohibitive. Information about making a tuition donation will be sent to all accepted applicants. We also encourage employer-organizations to consider sponsoring teaching artists' professional development by providing tuition coverage when possible.

Guest Facilitators

The complete list of guest facilitators will be announced soon!