Arts Leadership Embodied

By: Roxy Hornbeck  

To put action behind the call for social change, justice, and equal representation within the arts sector, it is important to reassess and resist the dominant narratives perpetuated by Western-centric instruction methods that govern the majority of academic programs in arts leadership, arts administration, and arts management. Informed and influenced by the work of Linda Tuhiwai-Smith (Decolonizing Methodologies) and Kimberlé Crenshaw ("Mapping the Margins"), Hornbeck’s research provides a look into how an intersectional lens can provide necessary grounding to decolonize methodologies in order to create more equitable assignments and assessment practices. As part of the workshop, Hornbeck will demonstrate how a multi-way of knowing can be used to more holistically and contextually create assignments and give assessment feedback—showing specific examples from her own courses— based on an inclusive pedagogy model she is currently developing. Attendees will be asked to engage the model with "on your feet" performance-based activities throughout the workshop. Finally, there will be space to practice drafting reframed assignments and assessments based on what attendees have learned from the workshop so far. The workshop will close by attending to cultural equity, asking participants to formulate how they frame and position the arts as part of making a more just and equitable society.

Arts Leadership, Decolonizing Methodologies, Intersectionality, Social Justice, Pedagogy, Inclusion, Equity
The Arts in Social, Political, and Community Life
Workshop Presentation

Roxy Hornbeck

Assistant Professor, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, Seattle University

Roxy Hornbeck (Ph.D. candidate, Saybrook University) is Assistant Professor of Arts Leadership at Seattle University. Her inquiry methods are grounded in the practice of arts leadership through an intersectional lens towards decolonizing pedagogy frameworks. Her teaching in leadership, strategic planning, and entrepreneurship focuses on disrupting normalized expectations of how to lead and who gets to lead. Most recent workshops: Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts conference (STP&A), the International Leadership Association conference (ILA), and Performance Studies international conference (PSi).