Blog Posts for cultural equity

Diversity Makes Us Smarter

Posted by Edgar Smith, Jun 16, 2016 0 comments

Edgar Smith, Chairman and CEO of World Pac Paper, LLC and BCA Executive Board Chair, gave closing remarks at a recent discussion on cultural equity and the arts, and the role that business leaders play in advocating for both the role of arts and the need for diversity in all aspects of the creative and business worlds. 

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On the Full Creative Life Cut Short

Posted by Clayton Lord, Jun 13, 2016 0 comments

The shooting in Orlando is horrible, full stop. The invasion, the breaking of the space, the wrenching away of the core creative life of not just those 50 people who died but the 250 other people who were there—and, in a lesser way, of all of us who once found our solace in gay spaces—is where the howl emerges from me.

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Artists & Communities: Vicky Takamine and Kahikina de Silva in Conversation

Posted by Alicia Gregory, Jun 09, 2016 0 comments

“Our people can’t live without hula and hula cannot live without our people. Both of them need to continue along with all of our other cultural practices." Read on for a thoughtful, illuminating conversation between two native Hawaiian cultural practitioners who are keeping sacred traditions alive in their daily life, work, and advocacy.

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Representation AND Revolution

Posted by Rebecca Novick, Jun 02, 2016 0 comments

I've been listening to the audiobook of Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes, which includes a recording of her amazing speech at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in 2015. In this speech she talks about how she sees her work as "normalizing" rather than diversifying. She is showing us the world we actually live in, not the whitewashed world we're used to seeing on television (in film, in theatre, etc.).

YES!

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Measuring Progress Towards Equity

Posted by Deb Vaughn, Jun 02, 2016 0 comments

Figuring out where to start measuring progress towards equity can be a daunting task. Honestly, any evaluation can be overwhelming when the need is great, the resources are scarce and every outcome is critically important.

But here’s the thing: without evaluation, you will never know whether you’ve made a difference. If you don’t baseline to know where you started, how will you know that what you’re doing is improving things? For that matter, unless you determine what it is you’re trying to change, how will you even know that the change you’re seeing is an improvement?

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The Time is Now for Two Art Worlds to Collide

Posted by Elisheba Johnson, Jun 01, 2016 0 comments

Institutional and cultural change is slow and doesn’t come easy. In my experience there are two art worlds. The one I have lived in for over a decade that is inclusive, creative, queer, DIY, and POC centered. In this world we support each other and produce interesting and challenging art exhibitions in creative, nontraditional spaces.

And then there is the other one, the white male dominated world that reinforces and creates reasons to bar entry to the rest of us.

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