Talking About Social Justice as a Family
The heartbeat of Talespinner Children’s Theatre has always been to serve the children and families of our wonderfully diverse community and beyond. We celebrate diversity in our productions and programming. It is in our DNA.
Today, it’s time for a pause. It’s time for all of us at Talespinner Children’s Theatre to use our voice to actively fight against racism, oppression, and violence. Our young people are watching, and they have questions. We owe it to our children to do the important work. To give them the tools to join the fight and the conversation.
During the Covid-19 pandemic we developed our Talespinner at Home Virtual Classroom for children to participate in our lessons at home. For the time being, we will take a pause from this programming. We will work together as an organization to research and share as many resources for our families as we can. We want to be a resource and this is just the beginning. We want to use our voice to help the parents and families of our community find ways to talk to their children about understanding and eradicating racism and hatred.
To the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Desmond Franklin, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arberry, Tamir Rice and others, to the Black community, you are not alone...WE STAND WITH YOU. We stand with the diverse, talented, and incredible artists of color at TCT. We stand with them and we ask you to join us.
We are glad you are here. Please keep checking back as our list of resources grows. This is just the beginning and we will continue searching for information to serve you and your children.
If there are any resources that your family has found helpful in the discussion about eradicating racism, we would love to read them! Email Artistic Director Katelyn Merold at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for Parents and Families
CNN and Sesame Street Bring you “Standing up Against Racism” on Saturday, June 6th.
“The show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding.”
Award-winning authors Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson and Jason Reynolds have organized a Kidlit Community Rally for Black Lives. This event was live, but can still be viewed on The Brown Bookshelf’s Facebook page.
NPR shares this 20 minute podcast “Talking Race With Young Children”. There is also a list of help additional resources listed.
“Join fellow parents, educators and child development and trauma experts for an important conversation about how you can talk with young children about racial injustice and violence against Black people.” PBS Live event on Tuesday, June 9th at 3:30pm.
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