“Very powerful… a framework for transformative teaching and learning”

—Ernest Cox, Supervisor, Providence Public Schools District

FirstWorks hosted a live Professional Development Workshop via Zoom with composer, violinist, educator and activist Dr. Daniel Bernard Roumain for 40 local educators and artists. This session, titled “Teaching Tolerance with Music,” explored an arts integration approach for K-12 educators in the age of COVID-19, addressing community anxieties and pain points and brainstorming imaginative ways to engage students in the arts given our newfound circumstances. Roumain was joined by esteemed artist-educators Liz Lerman and Michael Rohd, who offered insights on generating positivity and buy-in during online learning, and the artist’s skillset as a creative problem solver which can be leveraged for social good during times of crisis.

Missed the live session? A full-length recording is available! Contact FirstWorks Education and Outreach Manager Kathleen McAreavey to learn how watching recorded sessions can count towards your Professional Development credits.

Watch Session Highlights

DBR shares his advice to students: “Fill the void slowly, feel the stillness.”

Michael Rohd, Artistic Director of the Sojourn Theater reads an open letter that moves DBR and vocalist Becky Bass to sing its praises.

Dance legend Liz Lerman shares tips for nurturing the creative process in an online environment.

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