Next stop on the 2022 Art & Poetry Challenge road exhibit is Candia, NH, a town in Rockingham County, with a population that was 4,013 at the 2020 census. Why Candia?
Our mission as a state wide non-profit organization is to bring the work of K-12 youth artists and poets to communities that would otherwise not know how the youth in NH view and understand DEIJB - B stands for belonging. If you are planning to visit Smyth Public Library check their hours. If you wish to volunteer with this project and/or become involved and reside in the Candia area visit the Racial Unity Team website or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
The event is being hosted to acknowledging their story: Exeter celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day with a Land Acknowledgement while bring the Native American presence into the light:
Organizations involved include the
- Exeter Historical Society
- American Independence Museum - Exeter Public Library
- Racial Unity Team
Save the date. Oct 10, 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm
When Exeter High School freshman Ingrid Janicki presented her research paper, Schools Need To Re-examine The Common English Curriculum, her teachers were blown away. Her essay is a powerful reminder that teachers “can change a student’s life by taking an active stance in adding healthy diversity to [their] classroom bookshelf.” This project seeks to do just that--aid teachers in adding diverse books to their classroom libraries by supplying the teacher with the winning entry a box of diverse novels geared toward their grade level.
Our 2022 Art & Poetry Challenge Exhibit has a new location! Thank you Exeter Public Library NH for hosting the display for the month of September. This year’s theme was on equity: giving people what they need to reach their full potential. We hope you can stop by and see it for yourselves!
The small group discussion portion will explore why are people afraid / fearful of the concept of equity and what can each of us do to foster equity?
We are so excited to have our final exhibit of our 2021 Art & Poetry Challenge! Check it out at Dover Public Library before we say farewell. Thank you, Dover Public Library for hosting it! This exhibit has has made a state tour and has been on display at the following libraries. Portsmouth Public Library, Exeter Public Library, Rye Public Library, Hampstead Public Library, Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson NH, Baker Free Public Library in Bow NH, and NH State Library Concord, NH .
Arts in Action for Social Change engages youth in telling stories of our culture’s racism and invites envisioning a neighborhood, workplace, and school without racism. Building on their awareness of inequitable systems and actions that contradict our pledge of “liberty and justice for all,” participants will create a set of peaceful protest lyrics, hip hop, or spoken word poetry. To find out how you how you can bring this project to your school click on the link below.
U.S. schools and libraries are currently experiencing an unprecedented uptick in book challenges. Find out who is driving these challenges, why they threaten intellectual freedom, and how to thoughtfully respond to them on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 pm on the Mezzanine level of the Exeter Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.
Introducing the Comics Workshop with cartoonist Marek Bennett, held at the Little Indonesia Cultural Center. We are excited to see what you will create. If you would like to present your artwork in a short video after the workshop, we will ask for your approval and approval from a parent or guardian. If you have any questions, please contact the ICC at email@example.com REGISTER with this link https://tinyurl.com/4APFABKK
The 2021 event was to acknowledging their story: Exeter celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day with
Bring the Native American presence into the light:
- Exeter Historical Society
- American Independence Museum
- Exeter Public Library
- Racial Unity Team
Oral history of the Abenaki people
Native Americans shares their story
There's much to see and learn about how we are using the arts to create social change. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us and the work of artist and poets in New Hampshire. We hope you enjoy what you see and read when you visit our virtual gallery. Y'all come back now.
Summer Reading lists are everywhere!. The Racial Unity Team's summer reading list is out. Discuss how books by authors of color expand our racial perspective. Invite your book group and select a list of titles to add to your list. Form a small group conversation with your own favorite book and questions!
Reach out to the Racial Unity Team if you need help with forming a small group or wish to learn more about how to start a small group.
Project Title: It’s More Than Skin Deep: Skin Color and Its Impact on Children.
The 2020 symposium was an examination of how our collective history as well as societal and parental influence have made an impact on children’s perception of themselves and others based solely on skin color; how that perception affects children’s well-being and eventual role in our changing society. .
On Saturday July 3, 2021 readers delivered the famous speech "What to the American Slaves is Your Fourth of July." You can watch the video and the message it delivers by clicking on the link provided.
You can also read the USA Today Network Article by clicking on the link.
Racial Unity Day 2021 will be celebrated center stage at the TEAM Equinox Festival on Saturday 18 September from 4-6 pm on Swasey Parkway as a celebration of the oneness of the human family. The Racial Unity Team works throughout each year on activities and educational programs to express support for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our communities. Our country and our world are in dire need of efforts to promote racial and cultural unity with diversity. We began these efforts in 2015 with a valiant team of volunteers and avid supporters. Please visit our website to learn more about us, or to volunteer:
This four-part series was brought to you in 2020 by the Racial Unity Team and Robinwood Center. It provided an understanding of racist language and definitions, a basic understanding of what systemic racism is and what it looks like, and how NH fits into this. You can view these videos below.
In light of national events, we used this Fireside Chat to discuss recent events and spend time healing. The goal of the night was to allow our community a sacred space to share thoughts, to perhaps become enlightened by new thoughts, and at best to spark the minds of the community to unite and lift each other up.
When: June 3, 2020. Click on See Video button
Join the Juneteenth celebration in Exeter. Stop by the Racial Unity Team table. Meet some of our members and friends of the RUT.
What is planned.
JUNETEENTH BLOCK PARTY ft TIFFANY COLSTON STUDIOS Presented by the Racial Unity Team and Kennebunk Savings 1 - 3pm at The Pavilion Stage in Swasey Park
Performances from Tiffany Colston & Band, Bless Robinson, MZ Starr, Crystal Lezama, and TCS Youth Artists JUNETEENTH JAZZ ft The Marcus Rabb Quartet Presented by Racial Unity Team and Kennebunk Savings 4 - 6pm at The 2nd Floor Gallery @ Exeter Town Hall, 9 Front St, Exeter, NH
RUT also invites you to join the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire who will host expanded Juneteenth celebrations this year, with festivities running June 10-20. to celebrate Tour, Panel Discussion, Gospel Choir Concert, Step Dance Performance, Community Art Project, and more. These programs offer a provocative intersection of history, media, performance, and ideas that deepen our understanding of our nation’s history and centers the Black experience. To learn more visit https://blackheritagetrailnh.org/juneteenth-celebration-2022/