Introducing Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Timothy Bellavia

FTH_Bellavia_with_logoTimothy Bellavia joined our Flushing Town Hall teaching artist roster for the new school year.

Timothy, an artist, educator and published author, recently was awarded the “Outstanding Educator of the Year” at the Harvard Club of New York.FTH_studio_Bellavia_T He is an Assistant Professor within the Graduate School of Education at Touro College and University System in New York City, and a Flushing Town Hall Space Grant Awardee.

This fall, he will be piloting a new program that he developed, called “Dignity for All Students”.

The New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act or The Dignity Act seeks to provide the state’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.

This fall, Timothy will lead this workshop using The Dignity Act as an anchor for working with LGBT students, as he focuses on identity politics specifically with the LGBT community.

Flushing Town Hall's Director of Education and Public Programs Gabrielle M. Hamilton and Timothy work collaboratively.
Flushing Town Hall’s Director of Education and Public Programs Gabrielle M. Hamilton and Timothy work collaboratively.

Participants will begin with an anonymous baseline survey to explore their knowledge of LGBT history, community, and rights.  Timothy will introduce The Dignity Act, illustrate examples of micro-aggressions (Pierce 1970), and draw on his own history of positive and negative experiences in the classroom.

Educators will be invited to share their own experiences with LGBT students in a break-out session.

Afterwards, Timothy will introduce his “We Are All The Same Inside ® Sage doll-making” workshop as a tool to teach tolerance that leads to acceptance Educators are then invited to create their own doll based on a leader of the LGBT community which illustrates that despite our differences, we can celebrate our common humanity.

This workshop is aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and can be replicated in any classroom.image1 (1)

And, Timothy will be offering a Mother’s Day workshop on May 6, 2017, called “My Mom, my doll and me!” and a June 10, 2017 LGBT family workshop, called “We’re all the same inside doll-making workshop”.

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