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Here is the weekly roundup of  Black Lives Matter, protests, and equity-centered news.



Marissa Shadburn

Field Education Coordinator

Americans for the Arts

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Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:51 PM


Hello/hola, esteemed colleagues:


In response to requests for information, national context and what is happening in other communities, we are compiling this digest to support you in navigating current events and in your commitment to equity in the long term. We will circulate this news digest weekly, every Wednesday. While this is certainly not a comprehensive or exhaustive list, we hope it boosts you in your exploration, knowledge and awareness building.


We are also pleased to announce the launch of the Cultural Equity Resource Center. Similar to our Coronavirus (COVID-19) resource center, we will be updating information about programming, resources and news to assist you in your work. We will be adding more content in the coming weeks, such as, a directory of equity consultants and service providers. If there is something you think we’re missing or would like us to add, please let us know.


We are looking at additional ways to support your equity work and welcome resources, ideas, examples and opportunities to share with the field. Please send them to


We invite you to share this news roundup with your networks and colleagues.


Thank you for your continued work.




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Hosted by AAMC Foundation. A collaboration between Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation and Art Fund. Following up to the July program, “Beyond Statements: Taking Action” the Art Fund and AAMC Foundation are continuing the dialogue with two additional sessions. The conversation will bring together the internal and public voices leading movements seeking to hold organizations accountable and investigate how external pressure and public discourse can advance structural change.

Hosted by American Marketing Association. Building a Successful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Formula

Marketers are leaders in ensuring their brands are creating content that meets business goals and aligns with moral responsibilities. In this interactive virtual training session, we’ll explore time-tested insights of how your organization can translate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices into winning marketing strategies that are infused within your company’s DNA.

Hosted by Nonprofit HR. For the second consecutive year, Nonprofit HR surveyed nonprofits in North America about their diversity efforts and for-profit social enterprises for the first time. As a leading talent management firm in the social impact sector for more than 20 years, we have worked with thousands of organizations to help advance their missions through their most important asset, their people. Tune in to this webinar to find out how North America social impact organizations currently fare in terms of diversity practices and gain valuable benchmarking data. By attending this webinar, you will gain insights to help your leadership prioritize diversity efforts and integrate diversity into your organization's strategy. You will also benefit from a lively discussion about HR practices that lead to a culture that embraces diversity.

Hosted by Creative Capital. This workshop will provide tools and information on how art can be used to help galvanize participation in the upcoming election. Artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez will be joined by electoral strategist Cristina Uribe and together they will provide an overview of the role of artists in powering political and cultural change. The upcoming 2020 General Election is an opportunity to unite in our shared power and have our voices heard. In a time where so much feels uncertain, art inspires and motivates us to take action for justice and a better future. This election year marks a historically significant moment. The pandemic has resulted in massive unemployment and racial health disparities. Across the nation, voters are experiencing voter repression and major challenges to their participation. This is why we need artists more than ever. This workshop will provide concrete examples and tools for artists on how their art can inspire people to participate in the upcoming election and give people the information they need to participate.

Presented by the Seattle Art Museum. Join us for a dynamic conversation with visual artists Kimisha Turner and Takiyah Ward discussing the role artists play in responding to the current moment and movements.

Hosted by Creative Capital. A discussion about the importance of disability representation and how artists who identify as disabled focus on accessibility in their work. “Access in Content and Form” is a conversation with and between Creative Capital Awardees writer Kenny Fries and visual artist and filmmaker Alison O’Daniel. As artists who identify as disabled, Kenny and Alison know the importance of access to buildings, sound, films, books, websites and, especially during the current pandemic, protection and care. However, what is most important to their practices is work that focuses on disability in both content and form. Kenny and Alison will talk about how their intersectional identities enter their work, the importance of disability representation and role models, and their upcoming creative collaboration on a film based on Kenny’s poem sequence In the Gardens of Japan.

Presented by Independent Sector. Upswell 2020 is about the two most important things facing every changemaker in the United States: ending racism and recovering from the pandemic.

How we respond in this moment of extreme urgency will determine nothing less than the future of our nation. So, we’re inviting you to show up. Claim your agency. Elevate your ideas. Amplify your voice. Get creative, innovative, passionate, and relentlessly determined. Because it’s going to take the very best you’ve got – and the very best the rest of us have got – to heal our nation and create a society where every person can thrive.

Hosted by 3Arts. This year we’re bringing more joy than ever to our annual celebration of Chicago artists. We’ll announce the recipients of 2020 3Arts Awards and the Make a Wave grantees, share some big news about our expanding support for artists across our city, and begin a tradition of splitting donations with two admired organizations that are part of the ecosystem that supports artists--because we're all in this together.

Hosted by Creative Capital. This workshop takes artists through a framework for values-based storytelling and share examples of how to put those values into practice. As artists step into their power to build and shape narratives that affect the lives of those around them, it is important to consider not just what stories are told, but how stories are told. Values-based, ethical storytelling practices center the process as much as the outcome. Progressive cultural work requires that artists employ storytelling practices that are grounded in respect, ethics, nuance, and anti-racism. Led by creative strategist and documentary impact producer Sonya Childress, this workshop will take artists through a framework for values-based storytelling and share examples of how storytellers might put those values into practice. This workshop is taught by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artist disruptors to strengthen their craft, practice and build power.














Thanks for reading. We hope you find this news digest to be a helpful tool to support your equity work, and welcome feedback at If you were forwarded this and want to sign up for the Local Arts Network listserv to receive it directly, click here.



Ruby Lopez Harper

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Produced by Camelback Ventures. Camelback Ventures has spent the past 6 years learning the needs and wants of these diverse founders, and have come to better understand the unjust conditions in which entrepreneurship exists. Through our Capital Collaborative program, we work with philanthropic leaders who want to deepen their individual and organizational commitment to racial and gender equity - but may not know how. Our unique approach brings together a community of white accomplices to engage in an introspective and concrete curriculum, to diversify their networks and make their grantmaking processes more equitable. It is with that lens that we present this panel moderated by leadership expert and "recovering fundraiser" Kishshana Palmer. This panel will share how white foundation staff are stepping forward to advance racial justice in their organizations as well as their own personal work.

Expert Talks, Group Panels, Live Musical Performances, Poetry Readings, and Healing Meditations to Address Collective Trauma in our World Today

Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) invites you to participate in our September Town Hall: Arts as Civic Engagement, highlighting the momentous power to actively participate in civic issues through art. Participants will share how the act of voting or encouraging others to vote, completing the 2020 Census, and other forms of socially engaged art can build momentum towards lasting change. Join us as we spotlight a wide variety of work that focuses on mobilizing AAPI communities throughout the country and learn about civic-engagement-driven projects during Town Hall’s rapid-fire line-up of 60-second pitches.

Hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. October is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Awareness Month. This workshop is timed to acknowledge and celebrate regulations that ensure access. Many entities claim to be fully accessible when all they mean is they have one mostly-accessible bathroom stall or a theater seat that accommodates a wheelchair. What other facilities, equipment, and spaces are there to consider when checking for full accessibility for our staff members and guests? Let's talk about it!

Racism is a fierce, ever-present, challenging force, one which has structured the thinking, behavior, and actions of individuals and institutions since the beginning of U.S. history. To understand racism and effectively begin dismantling it requires an equally fierce, consistent, and committed effort.

Hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. How does your organization determine which programs to present and whose cultures to privilege or promote? Do these discussions occur at all around your meeting tables? How can increased cultural awareness and understanding be an outcome of arts provision? Let's discuss over lunch!

Hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Are you concerned you may be using the wrong titles, nomenclature, parts of speech, or colloquial terms when referring to, or speaking about, guests or visitors with disabilities? Wonder no more: enter a safe space where we can talk about just this and ensure that future conversations will be respectful and appropriate.

Hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Sometimes when we talk about inclusive cultures, we focus only on race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, and gender expression. Let's not forget that there are other employees and guests who are underserved because of family-unfriendly policies or practices. Talking openly and beginning to solve these issues will go a long way towards full inclusion.