The workshop is designed to lift up Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) students by engaging teachers in the process of becoming an ally with BIPOC students and their families. For teachers who are part of the majority culture, building trust with BIPOC students and their families takes time, thoughtful alignment of curricular examples with cultural references that mirror the student populations being served. Arts integration and arts education provide opportunities for authentic allyship that capitalize on themes that connect with BIPOC, immigrant, and asylum-seeking families. The session will walk audience members through step-by-step engaging music, rhythm, dance, and movement activities rooted in cultural storytelling, while an arts researcher will discuss research evidence of learning outcomes demonstrated by these arts-integrated strategies resulting in a welcoming environment conducive to optimal learning.
Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Ph.D., is Founder and Principal of MUSE Research, a creativity, arts research, and cultural strategy consulting firm providing assessment, strategic research design, and evaluation services for creative youth development initiatives, school districts, educational institutions, government organizations, foundations, museums, performing arts centers, pop culture initiatives, the entertainment industry, and multinational business enterprises in the areas of creativity in arts, corporate, and healthcare domains; arts impact; audience impact; culture; civic engagement; creative placemaking; arts equity and access; restorative and social justice; and arts education. Dr. Chand O’Neal’s current work centers on measuring the impact of the arts on marginalized and underserved populations, and building diversity, equity, and inclusion access to arts education. She also serves as a cultural strategist building evaluation systems to assess the social impact of pop culture on the American public through her work past work with the Pop Culture Collaborative and the USC Norman Lear Center, and applies her training in cognitive psychology to address equity decision-making patterns under the current pandemic circumstances in access to healthcare with such entities as the National Institutes of Health, Massachusetts General Hospital System, and the arts with such institutions as the Minnesota Opera in the wake of the George Floyd murder. Prior to founding MUSE Research, Dr. Chand O’Neal’s recent positions included serving as, Chief Research Strategist for Crayola, Director of Outcomes and Evaluation for VSA: The International Organization on Arts and Disability, and as the founding Director of Research and Evaluation for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she created the Center’s first national research agenda comprised of over 25 national and international research studies examining the impacts of the arts on society on individual, community, and national scales.
Dr. Chand O’Neal has published, and presented research papers, book chapters, and webinars in a wide variety of related fields, including the impact of the arts on human flourishing, creative youth development, the effects of restorative arts on at-risk youth, development of exceptional talent, arts integration, school readiness, creative economy, positive psychology, creativity, using the arts to break the school-to-prison pipeline, innovation, research design, education, museology, visitor studies, student engagement, restorative justice, civic engagement, human flourishing, and quality of life.
Lauren Shelton is the founding Executive Director of the Indianapolis Center for Arts Education and Innovation at Butler University (the Center). Mrs. Shelton continues to oversee the Butler Community Arts School as one of the Center’s initiatives. Mrs. Shelton has a strong background in arts education, arts advocacy, and arts management. She has been a classroom educator, music director for the San Diego Children’s Choir and Girl Scouts San Diego, and began the Community Opus Project with the San Diego Youth Symphony in 2010. Prior to arriving at Butler University, Mrs. Shelton implemented the return of the visual and performing arts to the Chula Vista Elementary School District using the district's investment of $18 million dollars to employ 94 arts teachers at 47 schools district wide. She also served as faculty for the Longy School of Music of Bard College Masters of Arts in Teaching program at the Los Angeles Campus. Mrs. Shelton advocates for equitable arts education for all students and has held speaking engagements at The Western Positive Psychology Association Conference; NAMM Show, Non-Profit Institute; Little Kids Rock Virtual Summit; Save The Music Foundation; and Grantmakers in Education Conference, to name a few.
Lauren Shelton holds a California Teaching Credential, California Administrative Credential, and completed her Masters in Educational Leadership with a focus on Arts Integration and Common Core Standards Implementation with honors. In June 2015 she was a recipient of the Yale School of Music Distinguished Educator of the Year Award and most recently received the Outstanding Administrator Award from the California Music Educators Association at the state and local level. Mrs. Shelton currently serves on the Board of Directors for El Sistema USA, which supports a nation-wide alliance of El Sistema inspired organizations to effect social change through music for children.