DON’T FREAK OUT YET, TEACHERS. Let’s do all of these things and pretend that emails about class rosters and kickoff meetings aren’t already rolling in. Everything here is definitely in your teacher-salary budget. See you there.
1) Make Art, Drink Wine
Learn to paint, hang out with activist artists, and raise a glass or three to equity and diversity. There will be a raffle. All funds support internships for emerging social justice leaders.
WHEN: Wed, Aug 10, 6—9 PM
WHERE: 21 Progress, 409 Maynard Avenue South, Seattle 98104
Tickets: $25—$40, sliding scale
2) Make More Art, Rally for Arts Ed
One-day workshop for teachers, artists, and anyone who believes all students deserve access to arts education. Make art. Meet people who get it that social justice is fueled by creative classrooms. Superstar Robyne Walker Murphy to present.
WHEN: Thurs, Aug 18, 9 AM—5 PM
WHERE: Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave, Seattle 98101
3) Celebrate Second Chances
Learn more about what it takes to support a justice system that rehabilitates and educates while celebrating activist leadership in Seattle. Also, I will be speaking here about the time some misinformed Australians called me “America’s Hip Hop Poet” and how little kids and old people are going to lead the revolution.
WHEN: Fri, Aug 26, 6—9 PM
WHERE: Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave South, Seattle 98104
4) Read, Cry, Cheer
At first you’ll think this is a light break from your Ta-Nehisi Coates and compulsive checking-in with campaign horrors. A children’s book! With illustrations! And a BUNNY! But you’ll figure out quick that this is no fairy tale. Follow Edward’s heartbreaking coming-of-age and hope with all of your summer-break-ending-soon soul that there’s a happy ending.
WHAT: You reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
WHEN: You’ll blow through this in one sitting. Get ready.
FREE. Go to the library.
5) Yell at Rice, Love Rice
Maybe you have a kid and you do this simple experiment with them as you scramble to get in some August family bonding before the marathon of the school year starts. Or maybe you’re not a parent and you just need a reminder that there’s magic in the world.
WHEN: Start today. Tweet your observations to us all month long. #benicetorice
WHERE: Your living room
PRETTY MUCH FREE
6) Take Pictures, Overshare Pictures
I am the last person on earth to get Instagram, I know. But now that I’m there I want to see pics of you filling up this last summer month like September isn’t coming for you. Let’s figure out how to use this visual learning tool in the classroom because I’m definitely not getting Snapchat until North West is a tween and I hear that the students don’t want to connect on Friendster or Ello. Former middle school teacher John Spencer has some solid ideas to get us started.
HAPPY SUMMER, TEACHERS. It’s not over ’til it’s over.
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