Programs for Schools
++ Intermediate Residency includes ONE of the following: Inspira: The Power of the Spiritual or Strategies for Racial Justice workshop 5-part series.
Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community book talk & signing
Dr. Kemp reads from the newly published collection of essays that are part memoir and part social commentary.
Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community mini-workshop
This workshop introduces participants to the five strategies of the H.E.A.R.T. system (Hold Space for Transformation; Express Yourself; Act with Intention; Reflect on Yourself; Trust the Process) and gives them opportunities to practice authentic communication in a controlled setting. (60–90 minutes)
Classroom lectures & discussion
Dr. Kemp meets with classes in the humanities. She may use film clips from her plays and other media to spark critical thinking about race, gender, power, and other structures of oppression.
Informal meetings with students, faculty & staff
Often students share their observations, questions, and heartfelt struggles best in small groups or over meals. May also include having Dr. Kemp attend student organization meetings or programs.
Chaconne Emancipated and other pieces with violinist Dr. Michael Jamanis
Kemp and Jamanis’ signature violin and spoken word program includes Bach, African American spirituals, poetry and letters of Phillis Wheatley, Assata Shakur and Martin Luther King Jr. (Runs 60 -75 minutes)
++Strategies for Racial Justice: Strategies of the H.E.A.R.T. workshop series
Dr. Kemp facilitates this participatory series over 3–5 days. The series builds skill, accountability, and support that extends beyond Dr. Kemp’s residency. Each Workshop focuses on one strategy and runs 90 minutes–2 hours. They are: Hold Space for Transformation; Express Yourself; Act with Intention; Reflect on Yourself; Trust the Process
++Inspira the Power of the Spiritual performance
Live multimedia performance with a multicultural and multiracial ensemble. Celebrates spirituals in the context of social justice movements past and present, in the U.S. and globally. Runs 60–90 minutes; versions appropriate for grades 2–8, grades 6–12, as well as adults.
Making the Invisible Visible curated community sharing
This celebration comes at the end of the Complete Residency. Dr. Kemp anchors and curates a gathering of community members to share poetry, song, music, dance, scenes, and comedy that relate to the idea of bringing hidden or marginalized parts of themselves into community with each other.
Customized training for faculty & staff
In 5-day residencies, Dr. Kemp will work with hosts to design inclusion and justice training for educators, parents, or other adult constituents who serve or interact with students.