Apollo Education - Professional Learning

Apollo Women: Performance and Activism

A black and white photo of Nina Simone

“You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” -Nina Simone

Be inspired by legendary Apollo women who used their musical talents for activism. Together we will explore their music, environment, and challenges they faced to understand what impact these trailblazers made on entertainment history. Most importantly, we will discover why this is important for students to understand and how to implement the Apollo Theater and activist art into your curricula.

In this workshop we will:

• Learn strategies to incorporate the performing and activist arts into your teaching practice.
• Engage in classroom activities to help your students to feel empowered to use their own voice and the arts to stand out.
• Discover how women artists/activists have connected with the Apollo Theater.
• Gain insight about the intersection of activism and performance as it relates to race and gender.

**The content covered in this workshop will be most appropriate for those working with middle school and high school-aged students. However, educators at all levels are welcome to attend.

**1.5 hours of CTLE credit will be available for participation**

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Photo Credit: Portrait of the American singer Nina Simone, 1965. National Archives of the Netherlands. Creative Commons.