The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Power of Truths Arts and Education Festival

WHAT: Power of Truths, Arts and Education Festival
WHERE: Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, 130 Pine Street Florence, MA 01062
WHEN: June 10-11, 2022
TICKETS: Link Here

Self-Evident Education's Michael Lawrence-Riddell and Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene, in conjunction with the Northampton Arts Council, present an arts and education festival in Florence, MA for all members of the "teaching public", defined broadly as anyone who is interested in helping others to learn. The event is the first in an ongoing series of experiential, educational, and artistic conferences to push our public use of education to create a just future. The 1st Annual Power of Truths will feature multiple keynote speakers, sessions throughout the day, music and cultural events, dinner in addition to other curated food experiences, and more.

The guiding principle for this inaugural festival is examining ways to use art or education to push conversations about multiple truths and how the powers of those truths can help us build a better, more liberated future—a world on the other side of racial inequity. Sessions will be geared toward multiple segments of the teaching and learning public.

This will be the first in a series of many phenomenal events. Please consider joining our community in this critical work to understand and eradicate systemic racism.

Participants pre-registered before April 15, 2022 will:
- be entered in a raffle to win free registration for the conference
- receive a discounted registration
- have early access to session registration

Speakers will include:

Bayeté Ross Smith
Michael Lawrence-Riddell
Jemelleh Coes
Sophia Sarigianides
Ibrahim Ali
Ousmane Power-Greene

Session topics will include:

- Visual literacy and storytelling through art & media to engage policymakers, lawyers, judges, and civic leaders.
- “Poetry for the People” Role of poetry in recent social movements
- Art and Activism
- The Role of Sports in the contemporary social movements
- Black Lives Matter as a Global Movement
- Youth movements from Black Power to Black Lives Matter
- How to build a coalition to fight racism: Lessons from the Frontlines
- Structures or systems? Rethinking how we approach dismantling racial oppression
- Social Media activism tool kit
- Accurate and Honest History for All (AHHA): The Power of Stories to Change the World
- Centering Social Justice in Education, Curriculum, and Instructional Design
- Interrogating Whiteness Through Literature
- Black Landownership and Agriculture
- Teaching of Hard History: From Slavery to Lynching to police violence and racially motivated shootings
- The History of Abolitionism in Florence
- How to respond to Contemporary White Supremacist recruitment campaigns
- The Music is the message: Hip-Hop Education in the Classroom
- Critical Race Theory and Other Moral Panics

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