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Racial Equity in Arts Leadership Symposium

Thursday, March 21, 2019,

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  • Location: Student Life Center • 310 25th Ave S • Nashville, TN 37212

Thursday, March 21, 2019*

2:00 pm         Registration Opens

4:00 pm         Opening Remarks - Caroline Vincent & Jay Clayton                          

Musical Interlude - Eric Dozier & Friends

4:15 pm          Keynote Address (Topic TBA) - Carlton Turner

5:45 pm          Networking Reception

7:45 pm          Reception Adjourns

Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff are free but should register in advance by emailing curbcenter@vanderbilt.edu. Registration for the public is $50 which covers all 3 days of programming, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-real-symposium-registration-53922609978 to register.

Nashville, like many other large metropolitan cities, has begun the process that Grantmakers in the Arts has identified as the most pressing issue in arts leadership in the United States: building racial equity in our cultural institutions and arts organizations, so creative and cultural expression can become a form of civic engagement for all.

Since 2015, Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Pubic Policy has partnered with the Metro Arts/Nashville’s Office of Arts & Culture (REAL) Program to develop insight into how institutional practices around arts programming, artists development, and funding and hiring processes can advance racial equity in our community.

Curb Center and Metro Arts believes it is time to broaden the conversation through a national symposium, convening arts policy leaders, arts administrators, cultural equity organizations, individual artists, and grant makers to discuss challenges and share best practices as we work to build more equitable practices into arts institutions at all levels.

We invite you to join us this March as we work towards an arts-based, participatory action/research approach to uncover the next layers of meaning, exploration and best practices in the critical work of building the capacity of cultural and creative institutions in driving racial equity and civic engagement for all.

*schedule subject to change. please visit our website for the most up to date schedule