Through what they teach, art teachers have a special opportunity to invite the culture of students into their classrooms. Art in its various forms, have always served as portals to conversations on culture, race, and their intersection. Individuals who develop racial literacy are able to engage in the necessary personal reflection about their racial beliefs and practices, and teach their students to do the same. Racial literacy in schools includes the ability to read, write about, discuss and interrupt situations and events that are motivated and upheld by racial inequity and  bias. Sustaining racial literacy across the life span is possible by engaging in an “Archeology of the Self” – an action-oriented process requiring love, humility, reflection, an understanding of history, and a commitment to working against racial injustice.


Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Ph.D

Associate Professor of English Education
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PD Credit

1.5 hours Professional Development certificate available upon request

Pay what You Can

Thanks to the generous support of our funders, we are excited to offer this workshop as a “pay what you can” opportunity. Any support you provide helps to cover the costs of providing the workshop and continuing our professional development offerings. The value of this webinar is $75, however ANY amount helps to defray the costs of your participation and the participation of those unable to afford making a contribution.  Advance registration is required.

This program is part of NJPAC’s Colton Institute for Training and Research in the Arts


Generous support provided by The Joan and Allen Bildner Family Fund, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., The Arts Education Endowment Fund in honor of Raymond C. Chambers, Jennifer A. Chalsty, Judy and Stewart Colton, Toby and Leon Cooperman, Mimi and Edwin Feliciano, The Izzo Family, Don Katz & Leslie Larson, McCrane Foundation, Inc., care of Margrit McCrane, The MCJ Amelior Foundation, Albert+ and Katharine Merck+, NJ Advance Media, David & Marian Rocker, The Sagner Companies/The Sagner Family Foundation and an anonymous donor