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Racial Equity in Arts Leadership Symposium

Friday, March 22, 2019,

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

8:15 am         Registration Continues

8:15 am         Continental Breakfast Served

9:00 am         Pathways for Cultivating Equity within Institutional Contexts - Marta Moreno    Vega, Anasa Troutman and Aaron Dworkin

10:45 am       CoffeeTalk: Building Equity Through Board Development - Chris Rabb

11:15 am       Continue the Conversation: Informal Discussions

12:00 noon     Black Lunch Table: The Artists Table (register for a breakout luncheon for artists of the African Diaspora)                          

      Affinity Groups & Accountability Lunch-and-Learn and/or free time

2:00 pm          Building Cultural Power through Radical Imagination - Keynote talk w/ Favianna Rodriguez

3:15 pm          Breakout Sessions, including:                              

•  Inside Out: A Mass Incarceration Performance                                    

 w/ REACH Coalition (Reciprocal Education and Community Healing)                        

•  Restorative Justice and Violence Interruption                 

 w/ Rasheeda Fatuga and Gideon’s Army                              

•  Healing Justice Practice                   

w/ Rev. Jennifer Bailey and Diego Gomez                              

•  Process & Practice: Concurrent Discussions for

Cultural Producers, Organizers, & Strategists

4:30 pm          Black Lunch Table: The People’s Roundtable w/ Jina Valentine (register your demographic information here)

6:30 pm          Networking Reception

8:30 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. To register please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-real-symposium-registration-53922609978

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.