WHO WE ARE and What We Do:
Anti-Racist Art Teachers is a collective of educators residing across the United States who promote inclusive thinking, celebrate diversity, and inspire transformative action through art education. We seek to provide educators and caregivers resources to explore anti-bias and anti-racist concepts through art-making that engages youth in critical conversations about voice, power, bias, race, equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice. Currently, our website provides anti-bias, anti-racist related resources, curriculum ideas, lesson plans, artists, and more. We also hold monthly virtual book clubs, affinity spaces, and community conversations to share knowledge and collaborate with educators worldwide.
Anti-Racist Art Teachers has been recognized and referenced by K–12 educators and college professors for offering an invaluable resource to introduce anti-bias, anti-racist concepts, and diverse artists in the classroom. We have led professional development sessions for various school districts and national organizations seeking to become more equitable and inclusive in their classroom practice. In addition, we have participated in numerous podcasts, webinars, town halls, and more. In 2022, we were selected as one of HundrED’s top 100 innovative educational movements. HundrED is a global education nonprofit whose mission is to help improve education through impactful innovations. Art provides us the space to conceptualize an equitable future, transform and heal communities, illuminate injustices, educate others, and inspire action. Together, we can imagine and create a better world!
Leadership Team Members
Bio: (she/her/ella) Born in Puerto Rico and raised near Baltimore, Paula Liz attended the Maryland Institute of Art where she received her BFA in Painting and MAT in Art Education. She believes in the power of student voice and community artivism. Paula Liz has over 10 years of teaching experience at public, independent, and charter schools in New York City, Austin, Washington DC, and Maryland. Paula Liz currently teaches Elementary art at a two-way immersion school.
Abby participated in the Fulbright Teachers Exchange Program as an exchange teacher to the United Kingdom. The experience was transformative and further solidified her commitment to cross-cultural learning and teaching. Abby loves traveling (21 countries and counting) and especially partaking in educational and cultural exchange opportunities with her students. As an educator, she is committed to anti-racist, anti-bias, and culturally responsive teaching that cultivates global citizens that understand and value the interconnected world community.
Twitter: @mrccrespoInstagram: @mrccrespo
Advisory Committee Members
Web: CreativeOutletsAC.com Insta: @creativeoutletsartscenter
Vernon currently teaches grades 6-8 in Baltimore County Public Schools. He also serves as adjunct professor with Towson University’s Art Education Department.
Vernon believes that it should be the art educator’s personal and professional responsibility to advocate for students and colleagues regarding issues related to the arts, including concerns about access, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter - @vee_artInstagram - @vern_f
Please note that we are full-time working art educators. We volunteer our time to develop this website & resources. As such, our time will be limited during the school year. Thank you!
We have led professional development sessions for various school districts and national organizations seeking to become more equitable and inclusive in their classroom practice. This includes workshops, presentations, consultations, keynote addresses, and more. In addition, we have participated in numerous podcasts, webinars, town halls, and more. If you are interested in more information on our professional development sessions, please email us at email@example.com. Thank you!