Blog Posts for cultural equity

We Love You: Photographer Bryon Summers Honors 1,000+ Black Males

Posted by Julia Travers, Oct 25, 2016 0 comments

Photographer Bryon Summers is traveling around the country with his camera in hand, taking intimate portraits of more than 1,000 Black males of all ages for his We Love You project. Summers aims to dispel the often dehumanizing and negative stereotypes of Black males portrayed in mainstream media. Summers wants to remind Black males of all ages that they belong, they are seen, and most importantly, that they are loved.

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Are the Arts in America Really for Everyone?

Posted by Juliet Ramirez, Oct 18, 2016 1 comment

Despite the fact that minority communities are the emerging majority, diversity in the arts isn’t growing at the speed of reality. This paints a very troubling picture of what can be the “future” of arts in America—a future which, if trends continue, is less diverse than the American public.

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The Great Equalizer

Posted by Ken Busby, Sep 28, 2016 0 comments

We know arts education levels the playing field and gives those without hope, hope; those without opportunity, opportunity. As arts educators, we must continue to promulgate the same messages over and over—to each generation, to each politician, to each school principal, to each parent. 

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Out of Many, One: Cultural Equity as the Foundation for a More Perfect Union

Posted by Stan Rosenberg, Aug 12, 2016 0 comments

Arts organizations play a crucial role in working toward cultural equity by supporting artists and engaging people in arts-related activities. This is nothing less than a part of the foundation we need to become a more perfect union. Together, artists and arts organizations bring the transformative power of the arts to the people and help lay the groundwork for change.

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Working Together, and Knowing Each Other

Posted by Terry Cangelosi, Aug 03, 2016 0 comments

I think it’s important that we’re working within Americans for the Arts to be better, more connected. For me, that process has been a lot about identifying all of my privileges, and understanding that there’s always something more I can do.

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On Allyship as Practice

Posted by Alicia Gregory, Aug 03, 2016 0 comments

Just as our staff retreat ended up being a valuable and necessary exercise in laying down a foundation from which we, as an organization, hopefully act, I realized taking part in this salon could be a personal exercise in acknowledgement, accountability, and commitment—a more solid foundation from which I can act.

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