A panel discussion with community leaders will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Madison Public Library Central Branch. The event will feature the expertise of local leaders and leading Wisconsin academic experts including Erin N. Winkler, chair of UW-Milwaukee’s Africology Department, UW-Madison’s Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, and Madison-based community organization Groundwork.

Preschool of the Arts is hosting a series of public discussions and workshops on race and privilege. A three-part series, “Why are you brown? Conversations with Young Children about Race and Privilege,” is open to the public thanks to a partnership between Preschool of the Arts, Madison Children’s Museum, and the Madison Metropolitan School District.

This series was designed for parents and educators of young children to discuss issues like race and privilege in order to share research, resources, and information so that families and schools will courageously begin conversations with children in the early years, where critical learning and significant brain development occurs.

“These events will provide a wide range of learning opportunities for parents and educators during a time when we need to be talking about race and privilege with all members of our community, including our children,” said Preschool of the Arts Executive Director Stacy Mitchell. “This event series is an opportunity to better understand how young children develop an awareness of race, and explore personal experiences with trained facilitators.”

Preschool of the Arts was founded in Madison in 1971. It is a dynamic early childhood program inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia. The mission is to offer a vibrant and innovative learning community committed to child-focused exploration, creativity, and collaboration.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. All attendees must register prior to the event. Registration is open now. For more information, click here. Childcare and transportation are available with registration.