Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Ariel Gory

Ariel Gory is the lead Education Specialist for Early Childhood Programs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She develops programs for children, ages 0 to 8, that support their positive identity development, joy in human diversity, sense of justice and ability to advocate for themselves and others. Ariel also designs resources and workshops to empower caregivers and educators in talking about race, history and culture with young children.

When abstract concepts, such as fairness, race and differences, are explored with picture books, spoken about during play or introduced in activities like art-making, they are accessible to children and better understood. (Jaclyn Nash, National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Starting Conversations that Support Children Before Traumatic Events Happen

Several events over the last year have left caregivers and educators asking, “What do we tell children now? But, it’s time to ask ourselves what we are going to say and do before the next time this happens. Our conversations with children need to shift from being reactive to being proactive.