Practicing Hope Summit 2019: Request for Lab Proposals
Practicing Hope: A summit to explore agency, courage, and transformation in arts in education
Deadline: April 15, 2019

Continuing the Conversation (CtC) is seeking proposals for lab sessions at our upcoming summit, Practicing Hope on October 4-5, 2019, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The lab session offers an opportunity for an arts educator to bring an inquiry from their current work to the summit. Through interactive, artistic, exploration, the facilitator will explore the inquiry with in the participants in the session. Labs present an opportunity to experiment with ideas and further the inquiry. The facilitator will also make evident the larger context & implications for the arts in education field at large.

The lab session proposed for "Practicing Hope" (see description at the bottom) meets the following criteria:

Represents an inclusive, intersectional approach and perspectives
Explores the responsibility as artists and arts educators to address bias or injustice
Offers an artistic, interactive, and participatory experience
Asks a compelling question and offers potential impacts
Expands upon or delves into the Practicing Hope theme (see below for information about the theme)

Informational and traditional lecture-style presentations do not constitute a lab and will be passed over. All artistic practices are welcome and encouraged.

Anyone! The facilitators include diverse voices, ages and perspectives, including people beyond the HGSE community. The lab session reflects and encourages diverse opinions and voices. Applicants are highly encouraged to include students as co-facilitators. We are committed to supporting the inclusion of youth by offering fellowships to offset travel costs. These are offered on a limited basis. To inquire, contact us directly at


Practicing Hope: exploring agency, courage, and transformation in arts in education

My hope emerges from those places of struggle where I witness
individuals positively transforming their lives and the world around them.
Educating is always a vocation rooted in hopefulness. - bell hooks, 2003

Art-making is inherently hopeful. As we sit with our pen, brush, instrument or on a stage--with a blank page or quiet space--we imagine something that didn’t exist before and make it come to be. Art opens us to new possibilities and imagines a world beyond what exists.

Artists and educators practice hope because hope is central and essential to our practice.

As Rebecca Solnit says in Hope in the Dark:

“Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency.”

In practical day-to-day reality, however, amid the dimness of hatred, inequities and injustices, what brighter futures do we imagine are possible? And how can the arts help us get there? And what practices of hope, whether collective movements or individual acts, are we already engaged in?

As artists and educators, we believe in the possibility of growth and evolution through an ongoing, dedicated practice. Practice is an act of hope.

Building on past summits, such as Delving into Difference and Response and Responsibility, this year’s Continuing the Conversation Annual Summit, Practicing Hope, will explore agency, courage, and transformation in arts in education. We will have conversations through various formats [link to format] about how the arts help us to build meaningful relationships, engage in critical dialogue and -in the face of great challenges - continue to practice hope.

Questions we will explore:
What hopeful future are we envisioning for our young people? What practices will move us toward that future?
Where and when does hope meet action?
What are the ways that a personal practice creates hope and sustainability in arts in education?

Thank you for your thoughtful submission.
Deadline: April 15, 2019

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Please name any affiliation with the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). *
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Co-Leader(s) (if any) full name and affiliations:
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Proposed Lab Question (Title): *
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What "practice of hope" will you explore and how do you envision participants engaging in this exploration? *
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How will you work to include all voices in your Lab session? How will you make it accessible and relevant to participants in your session? *
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How does your inquiry address issues of social justice within the Arts in Education field and make space intersectional identities? *
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Describe how participants will experience your session as artistic, interactive, & participatory. *
Please suggest interactive ways to facilitate this dialogue.
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Lab Description: please write a short description of your session for the summit website (max. 200 words).
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What do you bring that others do not, making you a compelling leader for your session? *
Please share information about yourself and your experience in relation to the conversation you are proposing.
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Leader Biography (75 word maximum): *
Please include bios for co-leaders, too.
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Have you attended a CtC event in the past? If so, when? *
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How did you hear about this Summit? *
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Before you submit...
As with most conferences, session leaders must register to attend the summit. We do not provide funding for registration fee, travel or lodging, however fellowship applications are available. There are only a few fellowships available. Please apply if you are interested. Email us at by May 1, 2018, if you would like to be considered.
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