BIPOC Leadership Circle
November 2022–June 2023
The BIPOC Leadership Circle is designed to center, support, and address experiences of BIPOC leaders of cultural institutions.
Dates | Location
November 2022–June 2023
Virtual sessions via Zoom and one in-person retreat
About the Program
Being a Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC) in a predominantly white sector or organization has its challenges. Try doing that as a BIPOC person in a leadership position. Most organizations, even those that are primarily BIPOC, or BIPOC-friendly, do not offer systems of support and affirmation for BIPOC leaders.
This hybrid six-part series prioritizes bringing together 33 BIPOC leaders representing organizations across the US, Canada, and Australia to provide support, strategies, and systems of accountability in creating dynamic, new leadership models that center BIPOC experiences.
Who is the program designed for?
Our program is designed to center, support, and address the experiences of BIPOC leaders of cultural institutions and communities. Through a popular education approach, we use our time together to generate conversations, connections, and ideas in order to inspire new leadership paradigms for and by BIPOC leaders. Ultimately, our goal is to create a national shift in leadership values and practices in the art and culture sector.
We are bringing together artists, activists, and organizational leaders who work at the intersection of art and activism. This space is uniquely designed for Leaders of Color and those who identify as: BIPOC, AAPI, MENASA, ALAANA, SWANA, Black/African American, Indigenous/Native, Latinx, Latine, or People of Global Majority.
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The Cohort Experience
This year’s cohort is dedicated to the study of leadership practices of the past and present, from grassroots leaders of color. Through a series of virtual sessions, small group meetings and a culminating in-person retreat, the BIPOC Leadership Circle will use the learnings from various leaders of color to analyze, envision and build new paradigms of leadership.
Over the course of the series, you will engage in a total of six (6) 2 -hour long sessions to build community and grow your knowledge base, through creative presentations and workshops led by program facilitators, artists and/or guests from the field.
We know we all learn and digest information differently. To create small group engagements, the cohort is organized into 5 learning squads and are assigned an autobiography or novel to read over the 6 -month program, that tracks the leadership values and practices of a leader of color. You will use the monthly meetings to identify key learnings from that leader to aid in the development of a Blueprint for Leadership in Action that generates a new system, practice, structure, or way of being in the art and culture field.
To support you, each squad has an assigned facilitator and staff member to support your efforts throughout the program.
To culminate and celebrate our work together, we will gather for a 4-day, 3-night experience to build community in person, rest and replenish and present squad learnings and our Blueprint for Leadership in Action to the cohort. Roundtrip travel, ground transportation, food, and programming will be provided—without a fee—for all participants.
Blueprint for Leadership in Action
Throughout the program each squad will compile key learnings from the year and development a Blueprint for Leadership in Action that births a new system, practice, structure, or way of being in the art and culture field. Squads present their blueprint to the cohort at the in-person retreat.
This year we will be gathering using a hybrid model, composed of six virtual sessions each held on Zoom, as well as an in-person weekend-long retreat to deepen community.
Six virtual sessions will be held on the second Thursday of each month from
12 noon–2 p.m. PT/3 p.m.–5 p.m. ET as follows:
Welcome Session: November 3, 2022
Session 1: February 9, 2023
Session 2: March 9, 2023
Session 3: April 13, 2023
Session 4: May 11, 2023
Session 5: June 8, 2023
June 14–17, 2023