The Compassionate Classroom: Social Emotional Learning Via Arts Integration

14 November 2023

Photoville, in partnership with PhotoWings and Abrons Arts Center, invites educators to explore the concept of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) utilizing various art mediums with an emphasis on visual arts and photography.

The Educator Lab will provide a space for educators to explore the evolving work within trauma informed care and youth development programming, and feature collaborative sessions giving participants an opportunity to explore relevant themes and connect with other educators.

The Educator Lab is currently full; The registration form will now serve as a Wait List for the event.



An interactive and intentional workshop for educators, led by Danny Arenas, LMSW will serve as an introduction to Healing Centered Engagement and practical tools for the classroom that incorporate SEL. Danny will also discuss the power of visual storytelling and the benefits of being engaged in an art practice.

The event will include a curriculum workshop with artist/educator Lacresha Berry, and a presentation by Bard High School Teacher, Alexis Lambrou and Bard High School Students. The presentation will highlight their dynamic project, “Speaking Portraits” that was awarded a 2023 Photoville Educator Grant.

This lab is ideal for New York City middle + high school educators across subject matter who want to explore advancements in social emotional learning and incorporate visual storytelling into their curriculum.

Light Breakfast + Lunch will be provided.

About Photoville Educator Labs

Photoville Educator Labs are professional development workshops for educators to be inspired, connect and collaborate on ways to bring visual storytelling into the classroom. The program is free and open to educators of all subjects and of all ages, but the content will be focused on middle school and high school art teachers working in the DOE and in community programs.

Photoville Educator Labs are produced in partnership with PhotoWings.