Blog Posts for Staff Voices: Working Toward Cultural Equity

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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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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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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