Blog Posts for Social Change

Creative Justice

Posted by Aaron Counts, Aug 16, 2016 0 comments

Creative Justice is a public art program, but it is also a social justice movement. No coincidence that both art and social movements are born of imagination. They are about exploring the possibilities we create as individuals and as members of communities. About seeing where we are and where we want to go. In doing so, they articulate the power and potential of our communities.

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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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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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