ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone 2021 | Theme: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone 2021 | Theme: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education

Keynote Presentation

Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Keynote Presentation: Intersectionality and The Social Model of Disability: Reframing Educational Practice
Emelyne Bingham
Emelyne Bingham
Vanderbilt University, Senior Lecturer

“My mother thought being a woman and an engineer was an intersection that would work for me. But a roundabout path of failures, successes, and self-discoveries led me to an entirely uncharted path, complete with newly-found intersections.”  ~ Emelyne Bingham, conductor, educator, and autism self-advocate.

Using both research and personal experience, Bingham examines the use of the social model of disability in conjunction with intersectionality as a powerful approach to reframe existing practices in arts education. Implications are discussed in terms of educator satisfaction, student success, and social justice.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

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Keynote Presentation: Pushing Organizations to Provide Accessibility for Deaf and Disabled Students to Excel in Artistic Excellence
Antoine Hunter
Antoine Hunter
Urban Jazz Dance Company | Droplabs | Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency ( DCARA), Founder | Vice President

In this address, Mr. Antoine Hunter—an award-winning African-American Deaf producer, choreographer, film/theater actor, dancer, dance instructor, model, poet, speaker, mentor, Deaf advocate and also named King of San Francisco Carnaval—will offer perspective from his own experiences and research as a Deaf artist and teacher of over 30 years in the classroom.  He provides insights into how those experiences have shaped his current teaching practice and outlines how the arts and special education field is lacking a curriculum for Deaf and/or disabled children and Deaf which he would love to see developed and implemented into every Deaf and hard of hearing program in this country. The goal is to provide accessibility in the classroom for Deaf children to express themselves in their own language. Both hearing and Deaf teachers can provide tools to empower these children and help them develop new awareness of their inner voice as artists and as human beings.  This keynote is sure to incite conversation and motivate attendees to develop practices that support their Deaf and hard of hearing students with unique needs to achieve artistic excellence.