The next panel discussion in the Memphis Educational Equity Learning Series will take place on Thursday (February 21) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Essential, Not Extra: Arts Education as a Fundamental Component of Youth Success” will focus on how opportunities to experience and engage in the arts can benefit young people and the ways in which these opportunities are being incorporated in school and youth programs in Memphis and Shelby County.

Featured panelists include Mike Arnold, director of In Schools Program for the Memphis Music Initiative; Lawrence Blackwell, director of programs for Hattiloo Theatre; and Alice Henry, founder and principal of Kaleidoscope School of Memphis.

The Memphis Educational Equity Learning Series is designed to provide Memphians with a better understanding of local education issues as preparation for effective advocacy.

The February event is the fourteenth in the series and is hosted by Stand for Children in partnership with the Memphis Music Initiative, Hattiloo Theatre, Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, and National Civil Rights Museum.

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