Blog Posts for cultural equity

Dismantling, Not Reinforcing, Privilege

Posted by Emma Osore, Aug 02, 2016 0 comments

By consciously and continuously identifying the needs of the field, exposing our blind spots, assessing our fuller diversity, and building and/or dismantling the structures that reinforce privilege, we can all take a little credit in the work of steering our society in a more equitable direction—even if we already think we are doing a good job.

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Standing at the Gates

Posted by Chelsy Briggs, Aug 01, 2016 0 comments

Americans for the Arts cannot grow if we all look alike, think alike, see alike, smell alike. We need the different perspectives. And it starts with helping our hiring managers buying into this idea that we’re broadening, improving.

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What Can You Do? No, What Can YOU Do?

Posted by Elizabeth Sweeney, Jul 29, 2016 0 comments

I think there are plenty of people like me, sitting in that room at the staff retreat, who felt like they had never been asked, “What can you do? Nobody knows your job better than you, nobody knows your daily work better than you. So what can you do?” 

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Our Cultural Equity Statement: My Thoughts Moving Forward

Posted by Ashley McDonald, Jul 29, 2016 0 comments

I've been pretty optimistic since learning about the release of our cultural equity statement. I feel that this was a necessary and appropriate first step if we want our work to continue to be purposeful and are serious about making the arts accessible to all.

 
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The View from Another Perspective

Posted by Jay H. Dick, Jul 28, 2016 0 comments

Growing up in small town Iowa, I was taught to never discuss race, religion or politics in "polite society." I guess the idea behind this was that one should not talk about topics that are "sensitive" or "controversial" in nature as they can upset or make others feel uncomfortable. Alas, this is not always the best practice.

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