The Black Teaching Artist Lab

The Ensemble seeks to connect and inform all people who are committed to ensemble music education for youth empowerment and social change.

The Black Teaching Artist Lab: Pan-African Cultural Exchange


In 2020, amid a global pandemic and an extended and overdue reckoning with systemic racism in America, the Black Teaching Artist Lab was born. Founder Melissa Parke had been thinking about the idea since 2019, and she launched the organization at a time when many teaching artists were interrogating their own practices for the first time.

Survey for Black Teaching Artists Seeks to Advance the Field


Last month, we shared news that the Black Teaching Artist Lab (BTAL) and Creative Generation (CG) organizations had partnered to conduct original research on the needs and experiences of Black teaching artists in the U.S. That research is happening right now, and you may be able to help.

A Partnership to Amplify Black Teaching Artists and Afrocentric Pedagogy


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A Partnership to Amplify Black Teaching Artists and Afrocentric Pedagogy


By now, you likely know about Creative Generation and The Black Teaching Artist Lab (BTAL); we’ve shared many of their resources over the past year. As of mid-August, the two organizations have formed a partnership aimed to support BTAL’s mission to provide Black teaching artists with an Afrocentric SEL teaching framework.


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