Deirdre Johnson Burel, a senior program officer at WKKF, recently presented a virtual keynote address at the 2022 National Conference held by Young Audiences Art for Learning. In the address, she explored how being present helps us reimagine what is possible and lead transformative change.
“Imagine what might be possible if we harness the full talent and abilities of all children and all of our nation’s people,” said Johnson Burel. “What might be possible for our nation? That is also the question and opportunity of our time.”
As we become a more diverse nation, Burel notes that building toward racial equity and healing is work that we must do together – with trust, values alignments and a focus on building relationships. It also requires that we work with parents, teachers, schools and communities – together, we hold the collective context of children’s lives.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” said Johnson Burel, recounting an African proverb.