How might we use the lenses of our individual lived experiences, our capacity for empathy and our understanding of institutions and the arts to talk openly about race? In this five part series, educators from around the region join together to explore, reflect, and practice building spaces of racial justice and equity both in the classroom and community.

This session, will draw from Dig Where You Stand, Koyo Kouoh’s exhibition within the Carnegie International, 57th edition.

Through small group discussions, hands-on activities, and radical curating we will take on Koyo Kouoh’s key questions: What is colonialism in the American context? How might we construct and curate relevant narratives of transformation and change?

This is the third session of the 2018-19 Empowered Educators series. Sessions continue on the first Thursday of every month through May 2019. Please watch for future registration pages!

The Empowered Educators Series provides a forum for teachers, educators, administrators, counselors and the like to think critically and openly discuss topics of race, equity, bias, and pedagogy. Empowered Educators Series promotes ongoing learning, partnerships with supporting organizations, and community-building among teachers.

The Carnegie Museum of Art, Center for Urban Education, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, The Learning Instigator and Remake Learning have joined together to support educators in their approaches and abilities to facilitate thoughtful discussions about race in the classroom.

We will start promptly at 5:05, please account for rush hour traffic in Oakland before you register.

This series is fully supported by The Grable Foundation and is free and open to the public, though registration is required. Dinner will be provided with a vegetarian option. Please help reduce food waste by letting us know if you need to cancel your registration.

Act 48 hours are available through the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Not quite sure what to expect? We’re here to help! Email Ani ( with any questions or concerns.

Image: Installation view, Carnegie International, 57th Edition.

Images courtesy Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Photos: Bryan Conley