Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Global Education Center

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.globaleducationcenter.org

Mission Statement

The GLOBAL EDUCATION CENTER is a nonprofit multicultural, anti-bias education center that uses the arts of diverse cultures to highlight the commonalities of all people; to promote global awareness and concern; to develop empathy, understanding and respect for the individual and for all of humanity; to support the Center's belief that fairness and justice are basic human rights for all. Using the arts as a pathway to understanding the various cultural, ethnic and religious groups residing in our community, the Center's staff and teaching and performing artists present sensitive, dynamic and highly participatory programming that creates experiences in the arts that aid in dispelling myths, dismantling stereotypes, unlearning biases and alleviating fears. All programming is designed to create an environment of inclusion and a climate promoting wellness and emotional well-being.

Main Programs

  1. Passport to Understanding
  2. Global Connections for Youth
  3. Multicultural Arts Institute for Teachers
  4. Community Performance Series
  5. Professional Support for Minority Artists
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

While the Global Education Center primarily serves schools and community organizations in Middle Tennessee, we travel frequently to all parts of Tennessee and surrounding states.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 1997

Self-reported

Ms. Ellen S. Gilbert

Keywords

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COUNTY Multicultural Youth Programs Traditional Performing Arts Folk and Indigenous Arts International Music and Dance Multicultural Arts Education African Drum and Dance Poetry Arts Access

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EIN

62-1681169

 Number

0254942462

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Global Education Center sees its primary impact in our community as creating inclusive program planning and facilitation that embraces the oneness of all people by sharing our commonalities as expressed through the arts of diverse cultures. Through multicultural arts programming that addresses cultural misinformation and attacks stereotypes, we partner with the diverse populations of our community to help address the biases and alleviate the fears that arise when people focus on the differences between them. By working in area schools and with community organizations, the artists and staff of the Global Education Center disseminate information, stimulate dialogue and create a safe haven for exploring the arts of diverse cultures in an effort to aid children and youth in developing a sense of oneness with all members of our community. We hope that through our highly interactive and inclusive arts experiences, we will foster a sense of belonging within our diverse community that makes Middle Tennessee stand out as a caring and welcoming community that respects all of its families. Significant goals for the Global Education Center include advocating using the arts to connect children and their families with the inherent beauty of and deserved respect for cultures that might be different from their own; to connect a diverse array of artists with schools and community organizations; to help empower artists, particularly minority artists, through learning, teaching and performance opportunities; and to establish the Global Education Center as a national model for other communities. In recent years, the Global Education Center has established itself as a leader in multicultural education and arts programming, serving approximately 150 schools per year in Nashville and many surrounding counties. The Center partners with approximately 100 artists each year, offering ongoing classes, workshops, and performances in area schools and communities.The Global Education Center is also a community leader in bringing world-renowned international artists to Nashville for workshops, performances and school presentations and is considered to be a national model in professional development for teachers in multicultural arts integration. In recent years, the Global Education Center has received awards from both the African Heritage Foundation and the Nashville Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for our leadership in bringing the arts of Africa and of Latin America to our community. In addition, our staff and teaching artists have been recognized for our leadership in early childhood education arts programming by partnering with Metro Nashville Public Schools' new early learning centers. Goals for the coming year include increasing and solidifying partnerships with area schools and community organizations; organizing a larger team of volunteers through partnerships with organizations such as the Council on Aging; and focusing on improving our historic facilities while establishing the Center as a leader in the redevelopment of its changing neighborhood.

Programs

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Program 1

Passport to Understanding

Multicultural School Outreach Program partnering artists of diverse cultures with area schools through hands-on cultural museum presentations, drum and dance residencies in schools, performances in schools and design and implementation of international festivals for schools, after school and home school programming

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 2

Global Connections for Youth

A community outreach program for youth incorporating a Summer Multicultural Arts Camp in which students study drum, dance, crafts. games, sports and traditions from approximately 30 cultures and Roots, Rhythm and Rhyme After School and Saturday Arts Program, both on-site at the Global Education Center and off-site at various schools and community organizations, that offers drum and dance from around the world. Also included in our youth programming are a studio recording project that incorporates percussion, poetry and percussive dance, and Passport to Fitness, a program incorporating drum, dance and ZumbaKids and targeting the problems of inactivity and obesity in today's youth.This program has been combined with a program of Meharry Medical College's Pediatrics Department to better serve families enrolled in our after school and Saturday programs, families served through our partnership with Metro Schools, and families served by Meharry's Pediatrics Department and their student-run free clinics.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Blacks

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

50,000

Program 3

Multicultural Arts Institute for Teachers

Professional development days for teachers partnering artists from diverse cultures with pre-K through 12 teachers from across Tennessee through which teachers explore the indigenous art forms of various cultural, ethnic and religious groups residing in Middle Tennessee. This program consists of both a fall and a spring two-day multicultural arts teacher institute each academic year, plus a four-day Summer Multicultural Arts Institute for Teachers which is recognized as a national model for professional development in multicultural arts integration. In addition, we provide teacher training on demand at various school settings as well as at local, state, regional and national education conferences. On average, the Global Education Center trains approximately 300 to 350 teachers each year.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 4

Community Performance Series

ARTS ACCESS concert series presents local artists from diverse cultures and special guest artists brought in for residencies and performances. The season consists of 2-4 community concerts offered at Father Ryan High School, and 2 concerts for school groups, offered at the Cohn School or similar venues. Ticket prices are affordable for all, ranging from $3 to a maximum of $15. Global Cabaret Music Series is offered at Global Education Center on the second Saturday each month, presenting world music traditions featuring local and regional community artists. Each Global Cabaret features an exhibit by local visual artists. Line Breaks Literary Arts Series, created by Thandiwe Shiphrah, presents local, regional and nationally known poets representing the diversity of our community. This multicultural program makes the literary arts accessible to all while giving voice to our minority, refugee and immigrant communities.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 5

Professional Support for Minority Artists

The Global Education Center offers professional support for ethnically diverse artists by providing them rehearsal space and regular teaching and performing opportunities and by partnering with them to ensure inclusive programming for their various minority communities. This support includes sending artists to conferences and workshops when appropriate and bringing in artists who are considered to be masters in their field to give local artists the opportunity to study and perform with renowned artists. A recent addition is a Community Artist Institute offering monthly workshops of interest to local community artists.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Hispanics

Blacks

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$25,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

While the Global Education Center primarily serves schools and community organizations in Middle Tennessee, we travel frequently to all parts of Tennessee and surrounding states.

Funding Needs

The Global Education Center sees increased public awareness as a primary necessity and would therefore like some in-kind marketing services. Similarly, donations of materials and labor for building renovation and rehabilitation of its 10,000 square foot, 100-year-old-plus facility would be of great benefit. Increased public support through corporate and foundation funding would help ensure a more viable future for the Global Education Center as would increased participation by community volunteers. Our current need for capital funds would cover repairs and cosmetic improvements on overall facility.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Metro Arts Commission

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Tennessee Arts Commission

Tennesseans for the Arts

Sister Cities International

PENCIL

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Nashville Arts Coalition

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GLOBAL EDUCATION CENTER
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Global Education Center

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Ellen S. Gilbert

BIO

Ellen is an anti-bias, multicultural education specialist working with teachers and their students, aged three through young adults, in the Middle Tennessee area. She founded the Global Education Center in 1996 with the encouragement of educators in Tennessee and other states in which she has facilitated professional development for teachers. In her forty-year-plus career in the field of education as an administrator, a teacher and a parent volunteer, she increasingly saw a need for developing intercultural understanding and respect and for exploring ways in which to create classrooms which are safe havens for all of our children. With a background in early childhood education, elementary education, therapeutic recreation and dance, Ellen combines both the aesthetic and the academic in her quest for creative solutions to confront cultural and religious intolerance, stereotypes, misinformation, lack of information and the many negative "isms" of American society which make harmonious living difficult for many people. Ellen's work with the area's educators and youth has been greatly enhanced by her experience with the many minority, immigrant and refugee families that are active participants in the programs of the Global Education Center. Ellen has served on many community and education boards over the last forty years, including the West Nashville Community Education Board; the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children as chairperson of the Anti-Bias Concerns Committee and editor of the journal Tennessee's Children; UHURU Dance Company; Nashville Children's Theatre; and the Nashville Institute for the Healing of Racism, for which she served as a facilitator for Dialogue Racism. She has served in the past as a volunteer multicultural consultant for Cheekwood Education Department and the former Cumberland Science Museum. Ellen is often asked to represent diverse communities in collaborations with other organizations, as well as serve as a consultant to schools and other nonprofits on best practices in creating and facilitating multicultural programming, creating diverse boards and staff, and working with diverse communities.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Global Education Center holds a unique and important place in the fabric of our community. On any given day, visitors to the Global Education Center can study culturally unique forms of dance or music alongside people of different cultural, ethnic and international heritages. Teachers, students and community members can come study the indigenous arts of a myriad of cultures, taught by artists who are sharing traditions that are very dear to them and that help to identify them within our diverse world. Many of these unique artists exchange knowledge and talents with artists from other cultures, validating the importance of the arts in daily life. Even more powerful than experiencing this unique comaradery between our artists and our Global Education Center family is sharing the arts of diverse cultures with students in area schools. Every presentation for students is a unique and affirming experience for both the staff and the participating artists of the Center. Young people are keenly aware of unfairness and injustice and are eager to learn about people and ideas that are different from their own. Our school outreach program is extended through our Summer Multicultural Arts Camp, where children and youth learn drum, dance and cultural traditions from thirty different cultures. Some of our students have been with us since the summer of 1997, many of them returning to the Center each summer, bringing siblings, cousins and close friends. Our staff has remained consistent since our opening, and the students and their families have developed close relationships with everyone here at the Center. We have developed an excellent reputation for providing consistent, inclusive and highly participatory programs that make everyone feel welcome and important. Our reputation earns us the honor of being invited to design, facilitate and implement festivals, fairs, conferences and performances for schools and community organizations throughout Tennessee, sharing our gifts."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Valerie Dickerson Cordero

Families for Depression Awareness

Term: July 2013 - May 2016

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