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Summer Teacher Institute: The African American Experience

Virtual Zoom Meeting

What voices are being heard in your classroom? We invite you to join us for a Summer Teacher Institute that centers encounters with BIPOC, specifically African American, perspectives to support culturally responsive education.

Open to teachers of all subject areas, this interactive, weeklong virtual workshop will cover how to use art to facilitate rich discussions rooted in African American lived experience and encounter those experiences as a central component of the wider American experience. You’ll engage with the work of Black artists and scholars like W.E.B. Du Bois and learn strategies and methodologies that will help you facilitate rich discussions and get the most from your classroom conversations

Crystal Bridges Educators and teachers standing in a row in front of works in the Early American Galleries
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
A group of teachers taking notes in the Early American Art Galleries
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Worried about the pace and time commitment? The dedicated practice time with your fellow participants, light homework, and daily office hours will ensure that you walk away from every session with confidence and knowledge you can apply in your next lesson.

Don’t miss this chance to diversify your curriculum and connect with the story of the African American experience. Reserve your spot today.


Free, tickets and registration survey required. Reserve your spot online or by calling Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.

Once registered, you’ll receive an email with a required registration survey, information about the event, and the Zoom link for your convenience at a later date. 30 hours of PD credit available.


About Our Instructors


Dr. Terron Banner received his Ph.D in Arts Administration, Education, and Policy from The Ohio State University. As an artist, he advocates for open access, just resource allocation, and culturally relevant decisions made in the arts administration and arts management process. As an educator, he supports culturally responsive teaching that accounts for the lived experiences of students and as a researcher, he seeks to encourage more education reform discussions that are grounded in issues covering cultural diversity and socioeconomics.


Headshot of Dr. Terron Baner

Visiting Artist

Meleko Mokgosi (born in Francistown, Botswana; lives and works in Wellesley, Massachusetts) is an artist, associate professor, and co-director of graduate studies at the Yale School of Art, and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program. He received his BA from Williams College in 2007 and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study program from 2007-2008. Mokgosi received his MFA from the Interdisciplinary Studio Program at the University of California Los Angeles in 2011. He participated in the Rauschenberg Residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, FL in 2015 and the Artist in Residence Program at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York in 2012. By working across history painting, cinematic tropes, psychoanalysis, and post-colonial theory, Mokgosi creates large-scale project-based installations that interrogate narrative tropes and the fundamental models for the inscription and transmission of history. In 2018 he co-founded the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program in New York City.

Solo exhibitions of his work have been organized at venues such as Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City; Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town and Johannesburg; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; Perez Art Museum Miami (2020); The Smart Museum of Art (2019); University of Michigan Museum of Art (2019); Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore (2018); The Fowler Museum at UCLA (2018); Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown (2017) Rochester Contemporary Art Center (2017); The University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery (2017); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2015).

Headshot of Meleko Mokgosi, standing in a white portrait gallery

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