Adam Falkner

Artist Educator Strategist



The Dialogue Arts Project

The Dialogue Arts Project (DAP) partners with organizations to create energizing training experiences around the arts that help participants communicate more effectively across lines of social identity and difference. By combining performance, participant art creation, and facilitated dialogue, DAP seeks to reinvent the current “diversity training” experience for a wide array of clients ranging from university faculty, artist collectives, teachers-in-training, student leadership groups, and employees of Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations. Adam is DAP's Founder and Executive Director.

Urban Word NYC

Urban Word NYC is a nationally acclaimed youth literary arts organization that provides free programs in the areas of creative writing, literature, college preparation, and spoken word & hip hop. They host the Annual NYC Teen Poetry Slam, NYC Youth Poet Laureate Program (now replicated in over 30 cities nationwide), the New York Live Arts Program, and more, and boast an impressive roster of youth alum whose work has been been shown on stages at the White House and Lincoln Center, appeared in major motion pictures and been awarded Pushcart Prizes.  Each year, Urban Word NYC works with more than 25,000 teens in New York City alone, and awards over $1,000,000 in college scholarships.  Adam is Urban Word NYC's Chief Operating Officer.

Teachers College, Columbia University

Columbia University’s Teachers College is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and is perennially ranked among the nation's most competitive institutions. Adam holds a PhD in English & Education Program, and serves as an adjunct lecturer, a professional development coach for school partners and institutes, and a consultant for projects connected to the Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship, Center for the Professional Education of Teachers, and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education.. Faculty Profile Page. 

New York City Charter School of the Arts

New York City Charter School of the Arts (City School of the Arts) is an arts-based 6th-8th grade public charter school opening in the fall of 2016 in Lower Manhattan where arts and academics combine to help a new generation of leaders create, learn and thrive. The mission of City School of the Arts it to inspire a diverse community of young people to engage with the arts as a pathway to rich and rigorous academic scholarship and a creative purposeful life. Adam serves on the board of trustees for NYC City School of the Arts.

Poets in Unepected Places

A diverse collective of New York-based writers and arts educators, Poets in Unexpected Places (PUP) moves storytelling into unconventional spaces by staging multidisciplinary performances, featuring accomplished poets, artists, dancers, and musicians from varied backgrounds and aesthetics. Using the element of surprise, PUP seeks to disrupt the frames that confine literature to the classroom and other traditional realms, and utilize poetry as a means to curate shared experiences between strangers. Adam is a founding curator of Poets in Unexpected Places.

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