Inspire your Heart with Art Day is celebrated on January 31st and was created to celebrate all forms of art and to think about the way art has an effect on our emotions.
According to a report from the Consortium on School Research at the University of Chicago and Ingenuity, social-emotional skills are an integral part of arts education, and arts instruction is a vehicle for addressing SEL in schools. In other words, arts education is an essential part of a child's education. Children and adults can benefit from creating art, and you don't have to be an artist or good at art to do it! It also encourages creative thinking and enhances problem-solving skills.
Below are some resources for SEL and Art:
5 SEL Lessons That Actually Work with Secondary Students
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL AND THERAPEUTIC USE OF ARTS
Social Emotional Learning and the Arts | Institute for Arts Integration
“I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.” -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cornell College, 1962.
Monday was Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and it’s celebrated as a day on, not a day off, for many people. It’s a day of action and service to achieve King’s dream. Below are resources to help you think about the role race plays in your life and in society, resources for how to be anti-racist, and resources to cope with racial trauma.
Questions to ask ourselves about race:
1. How many people whose race or ethnic identity is different from your own are you friends with?
2. How many people whose race or ethnic identity is different from your own live in your neighborhood?
3. Do you have conversations about race or ethnicity with your friends, family, or with people whose race or ethnic identity is different from your own?
4. What role does power play in determining our cultural spaces?
5. What commitments can you make this year to try to listen to and understand a person or people you fear or don’t know?
6. What commitments can you make this year to actively be anti-racist?
Coping Skills for Racial Trauma:
Ways to Be Anti-Racist:
In recognition of the trauma caused by yesterday’s violence at the US Capitol and continued unrest we want to provide resources that may help you for your response.
In Caring for Students in the Wake of a Traumatic News Event, Evie Blad writes about 4 things, we as adults and educators can do right now: