2021 AATE National Conference
July 21-25, 2021

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Instilling Justice: Moving Beyond Equity and Diversity in the Classroom

Presenter: Jared Shamberger
Friday, July 23 from 4:15-6:15pm (ET)

In this masterclass, participants will learn the importance of adopting antiracist values and tools to create an anti-oppressive learning space for all students as well as staff.

Jared Shamberger (he/him) is an artist and educator who has spent his career advocating for marginalized voices, especially those of young people. For the last four years, he has served as the Program Director at Young Playwrights' Theater based in Washington, DC. Jared is also the designer and lead facilitator of YPT's AROW (Abolishing Racism and Oppression in the Workplace) initiative which works with organizations to help them create a more just environment for their stakeholders and community members. Jared is also a playwright and director; he is a member of the third cohort of The Welders, DC's premier collective of creative storytellers. In 2020, he was named one of Prince George's County's top forty under 40 for his exceptional contributions to the arts and humanities. Before joining YPT, Jared spent five years working for Kaiser Permanente as an educational theatre specialist creating and implementing anti-bullying and sexual health programming for teens and young adults. To learn more about Jared and his future projects, just ask him.

From Confederate Monuments to an Empowering Art Platform for Extra-Ordinary People

Presenter: Javier Cardona Otero
Saturday, July 24th from 3:15 - 5:15pm (EDT)  &
Sunday, July 25th from 1:00 - 3:00pm (EDT)

Recognizing, thus honoring that inspiring, resilient, and memorable people come from different geographies and are diverse in colors, genders, sizes, and shapes, and that they have empowering stories to be told by themselves, this workshop provides an interdisciplinary art-making platform for participants to act, reflect, and transform themselves and others. As a theater-based site of engagement for participants to critically brain/body-storm to stage personal narratives, this workshop problem-poses Confederate monuments as “public art.” The workshop also explores the public performative act of diverse people, particularly by African Americans taking a knee to disrupt and challenge the docile entertainment in which systemic immobility has historically silenced and invisibilized persistent violence against BIPOC’s bodies. Participants in this workshop will have a platform to play (with) themselves and their life stories to (re)shape and (re)present themselves on their own terms, with their own bodies and voices. In opposition to a rigid cold stone pedestal to look up to and passively place our hopes, this workshop becomes a creative, flexible, and aesthetic platform to embody, voice, and affirm empowered and extra-ordinary selves. Elements of history, physical theater, storytelling, visual arts, costume design, voice, and music give shape to this interdisciplinary and experiential workshop.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Javier Cardona Otero is a performing artist, critical educator, and facilitator of art experiences as education. His artistic scholarship, which has been presented throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States, seeks to critically investigate sociocultural capitals, particularly regarding issues of race, gender, and the environment. His research interest is interdisciplinary and intersectional. It focuses on the production of performing artwork as a teaching and learning form to engage diverse spect-actors to problem-pose and inquire about social phenomena to creatively and critically perform social, cultural, and political knowledge committed to social and environmental justice. As a specialist in the use of arts as an embodied and aesthetic form and a dialogical medium for critical enjoyment, reflection, and social action, Javier crafts original art performances in and out of traditional spaces for arts (re)presentation and education. Currently, Javier is a Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. student in the Arts Education Program at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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