Shalhoub teaches voice and music to young people and adults and enjoys speaking to various audiences in diverse spaces. She was recently a full-time Voice and Music teacher for middle schoolers at a public charter school in Richmond, California, and has taught adults at San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, Five Keys Charter School. Shalhoub has given keynotes, speeches, workshops and musical presentations at UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, The Presidio Officer's Club, Rutgers University, Community College San Francisco, performed at national conferences such as The Gathering of Leaders, Social Venture Network, The National Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, The National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice, and others.
Watch her TedX talk HERE.
Restorative Justice and Youth Engagement
Naima spent two years as a full-time facilitator of Restorative Practices in a TK-8th grade Oakland Public School and currently works with Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth as the Restorative Women and Girls coordinator. She regularly facilitates community building circles, peacemaking/repairing harm circles, circles of support and accountability, restorative justice trainings, and draws upon this experience to teach music while supporting young people to empower themselves, to heal and to affect positive change on a personal/spiritual level, their schools and communities.
Interrupting Isolation -- Jails/Prisons/Juvenile Halls
Through the lens of prison abolition, Shalhoub began facilitating weekly music sessions in 2014 with a group of women who named them the Music and Freedom Sessions, or Borderlands. The relationships cultivated through the music and conversations vastly shifted Naima's trajectory, leading to the recording of Live in San Francisco County Jail and the project Borderlands, which seeks to intervene on the isolation and confinement of the prison-industrial complex (PIC) by creating a space on the inside to collectively create and share music, and support the organizing work of advocates and organizers seeking to end mass incarceration and abolish the PIC. She was a regular visitor at San Quentin State Prison, and has taught classes and engaged in music fellowship inside San Francisco Juvenile Hall, Alameda Juvenile Hall, Avenal State Prison, Folsom State Prison, San Francisco County men's Jail, and others. Naima currently facilitates a weekly community building circle inside the girls-unit of Alameda Juvenile Hall.
Naima is a member of Golden Thread Productions, the first American theater company focused on the Middle East, landing acting roles in various staged readings and productions. She has also acted with the African-American Shakespeare Company, The Medea Project, participated in a musical theater residency at BRIC, and others.
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