Blog Posts for cultural equity

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 Mr. 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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