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The Arts Education Partnership Equity Working Group

Process over Products


By Erika Hawthorne, Engagement Specialist for the Arts Education Partnership


The Arts Education Partnership’s Equity Working Group brings together arts and education leaders to gather, study and share models of practice and lessons learned related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in arts education. Chaired by AEP advisory council member Pam Breaux, president and chief executive officer of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), this working group consists of volunteers from AEP partners and affiliates committed to advancing equity.


Established in July 2018, the group started with an exploratory phase to identify where organizations were beginning with their DEIA work, what gaps existed, and what goals the working group could potentially support. As the work evolved, the group adopted an inquiry-based learning model to prioritize the process of collective learning over producing and demonstrating knowledge through deliverables. This blog outlines how the group has progressed evolved into its current inquiry-based learning approach.


How We Started and Where We’ve Been

In the group’s first phase of work, members explored what AEP partners were doing related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility throug