Advanced Topics for Arts Educators

Moving the Needle on our Equity Goals

with Shawn Ginwright, Vu Le, and Nicole Amri

November 13, 16, 23 and December 4

Applications due October 30, 2020.

Advanced Topics for Arts Educators is a four-part professional learning workshop for a national audience of education directors at cultural institutions, arts education organization leaders and experienced teaching and social artists.

Our time together will be centered around Moving the Needle on our Equity Goals. Participants will work together to dive into how we can better address issues of equity at every level of our work. We ask that participants attend all four workshops.

Part 1: Making Connections and Setting Goals with Nicole Amri

November 13, 1-4 PM Central

Part 2: Healing Centered Engagement in a post-COVID world with Shawn Ginwright, PhD

November 16, 1-4 PM Central

Part 3: Addressing Equity in our Organizations with Vu Le

November 23, 10 AM -12:30 PM Central

Part 4: Reflections, Processing and Making a Work Plan with Nicole Amri

December 4, 9 AM -12:00 PM Central

**Closed Captioning will be provided at all events**

Admission to the series is by application. Our goals in this application process are:

    • To form a cohort of no more than 40 people for small-group, in-depth learning;
    • To ensure the cohort is socio-culturally, artistically and organizationally diverse; and
    • To include individuals who are positioned to drive progress in terms of equity in their home communities.

Note: As a reflection of MINDPOP’s commitment to Austin’s Creative Learning Initiative, the cohort will be split roughly 50/50 between participants from the Austin area and those from across the country.

Applications are due October 30, though we encourage you to submit your information at your earliest convenience. We will be building a national cohort of up to forty participants.

Cost: We are using an honor system that recognizes differences in wealth, income, and privilege within our community, along with our need to cover program costs. Upon acceptance to the cohort, you will be able to choose what you will pay what you can, with these guidelines:

  • Suggested General Admission: $150
  • Solidarity Admission*: $300
  • Pay What You Can: Base this amount on you or your organization's financial circumstances.

*By choosing Solidarity Admission, you will be covering the Suggested General Admission for yourself and one other participant.

Thank you to the National Guild for Community Arts Education and Rooted Doula Collective for the Solidarity Admission framework.

Advanced Topics for Arts Educators: Workshop Leaders and Facilitators

Shawn Ginwright, PhD is one of the nation’s leading innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and a Senior Research Associate at San Francisco State University. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at

Nicole Amri Driven by learning and creating, Nicole’s great passions are education and the arts. As a multidisciplinary artist she explores human rights issues with a focus on interpersonal relationships and societal conditions. In addition to her position as Program Director for SAY Sí, Nicole currently serves on committees in San Antonio and nationally, including SA2020, Excel Beyond the Bell SA, San Antonio's Trauma-Informed Care Consortium, and the ARE (Artists for Racial Equity) Network under the National Guild for Community Arts Education. When she’s not working or creating, Nicole loves to dance, cook and listen to music (often at the same time).

Advanced Topics for Arts Educators is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.