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Jessica Stern

Private Sector Initiatives Programs Manager

Americans for the Arts

212-223-2787 x2077


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Subject: [Americans for the Arts] FW: Jul 8; Black Lives Matter, protests and related equity-centered weekly news roundup


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 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 services@artsusa.org.


Thank you for your continued work.




(We will feature new offerings here – free to low-cost opportunities. Previous listings have been moved down to below the signature)

Hosted by Springboard for the Arts and the Department of Public Transformation. Feedback from the initial Rural Arts Activism & Anti-Racism Meet-Up in June indicated an overwhelming desire to continue holding space for rural arts and cultural workers to connect and share resources for anti-racism, equity, and justice work in ways that are meaningful and in support of the work of Black, brown, immigrant and Indigenous leaders. Based on the June 5th meet-up highlighting the work and voices of BIPOC artists Benya Kraus, Nevada Littlewolf, Holly Doll, Cassie Williams, Sharon Mansur, Nancy XiongRong Valentine, and Mai'a Williams, our second Meet-Up will include facilitated, small group deep-dives into the ideas shared by the panelists at our first gathering in order to develop personal and community commitments, and to identify ways to support and hold each other accountable in building equity in rural communities. Breakouts will include a BIPOC only space and the option to gather by region.

Access part one here

Presented by American Marketing Association. The session is full, but register for the replay.

The Greater Jackson Arts Council is proud to present THE STATE OF RACE, a special, multi-episode series featuring Ruha Benjamin (author and African-American Studies professor at Princeton) in conversation with Chokwe Lumumba (Mayor of Jackson, MS). Though taped before the recent, horrific events that have pushed our country into a painful and historic racial reckoning, the dialogue between these two brilliant scholars is as prescient, thought provoking, and insightful as ever.

Nonprofit HR’s REALITIES webinar series topics are driven by priorities which nonprofits have reported to us, and cover everything from workforce development, recruitment, talent attraction and recruitment, workplace culture and beyond. Each session will be addressed through the lens of race and will incorporate facets of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging practices in talent management.















Thanks for reading. We hope you find this news digest to be a helpful tool to support your equity work, and welcome feedback at services@artsusa.org. 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

Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement

Americans for the Arts

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Presented by Rhodes Perry Consulting. Let’s face it, the world of work has changed overnight. Living through the Great Pandemic has underscored why our workplace’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitments matter now, more than ever before. It also leaves many of us struggling with the following questions: How can we build a sense of safety, trust, and belonging at work (both virtually and in-person)? What are ways we can serve as inclusive leaders in uncertain times? How can we keep our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitments on track during a crisis? How do we radically include and give our most vulnerable stakeholders what they need? What are ways our organizations can disrupt white supremacy culture in our workplaces and communities? If you find yourself grappling with these big questions, and want to connect with other DEI leaders, visionaries, & change makers, join our 2020 Belonging Summit. Together, we will grow the #BelongingMovement, and you will gain a community, new skills, and the confidence to build a greater sense of belonging at work.

2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. The conversation will be streamed live online on Crowdcast, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope, and will air on PGCC TV on a later date.


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