A CALL TO ACTION
We are experiencing a time like none other. The glaring mark of racial and economic disparities has been exacerbated by our current pandemic - and now exploded by the recent murders of Black civilians at the hands of police officers. The call for change has been made. Communities are demanding to be seen and heard.
The role of cultural arts institutions is even more relevant. If they are to shape a responsive narrative of the “beloved community,” the time for visionary leadership is now.
Building off of the successful launch of last year’s National Board Training, we will be providing even more expansive and rigorous equity-based board resources. The work is far from over - we have only just begun.
Recognizing and responding to the ongoing and growing need for in-depth analysis-building through the lens of board governance, board members from cultural arts institutions across the country are being invited to take a deep dive into addressing issues of equity, inclusion, and justice to better serve the organizations to which they’ve been entrusted.
This national board cohort will participate in 10 virtual skills-based and analysis-building sessions over the course of 6 months. The skills-based sessions will explore foundational concepts related to equity and inclusion; benchmarks of inclusive organizations; and how to operationalize equity and inclusion values. Participants will join a national network of board enthusiasts working to effect organizational and field-wide change.
Following the inaugural year of the program in June 2019, the 2020 training will be hosted virtually through 10 sessions between August 2020 and February 2021.
board members of cultural arts organizations who enthusiastically embrace governance practices committed to equity and inclusion.
an intensive and interactive training that brings board members into the center of equity and inclusion discourse.
online via Zoom
To apply, please submit an interest form by Sunday, July 12th.
Session 1: Orientation | Introductions and Overview**
Monday, August 10, 9am - 12:30pm PT
Session 2: Personal and Organizational Goals
Monday, August 31, 9am - 12:30pm PT
Session 3: Barriers to Organizational Change
Monday, September 21, 9am - 12:30pm PT
Session 4: Identity and Social Location**
Tuesday, October 13, 9am - 12:30pm PT
Session 5: Approaches to Difference
Monday, November 2, 9am - 12:30pm PT
Session 6: Organizational Stages of Diversity and Inclusion
Monday, November 23, 9am - 12:30pm PT
Session 7: Terminology and Appropriate Use of Language
Monday, December 14, 9am - 12:30pm PT
Session 8: Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions
Monday, January 11, 9am - 12:30pm PT
Session 9: How to Operationalize Equity-based Values
Monday, January 25, 9am - 12:30pm PT
Session 10: Individual and Collective Action**
Monday, February 8, 9am - 12:30pm PT
** = Required Sessions
The nature of these conversations are such that they build upon one another. Every session is important to attend. It will be important for you to participate in all sessions and learning team commitments. We understand that life events are unpredictable and will try to support emergencies and special needs. However, if you are unable to attend the required sessions or expect to miss more than 2 sessions, we ask that you wait until next year to join us.
The program will cover:
30+ hours of training: Participants will receive 10 Intensive Skills-Building/Analysis-Building sessions covering:
establishing personal and organizational goals;
exploring barriers to organizational change;
foundational concepts related to diversity, equity and inclusion;
understanding the roots of or current organizational structure and culture;
benchmarks of inclusive organizations;
how to operationalize equity, diversity, and inclusion values; and
how to take collective action.
Learning Teams: Participants will form learning teams designed to foster creative opportunities, resource sharing, and collaboration that can be enhanced through deeper relationships and trust building.
National Network: Participants will have an opportunity to join a growing national network of trustees committed to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. This network is poised and ready to have both organizational and national impact.
Organizational Assessment: Participants will have the opportunity to conduct an equity and inclusion assessment to analyze their organizational culture, demographics, and equity and inclusion resources/needs.
Resource Materials: Participants will receive a resource packet containing tools and literature to support their training experience.
Program Fee: $512/per person
We are committed to having the most diverse participation possible. We also find it important to prioritize individuals who are often under-represented or not represented at all. Limited scholarships are available to help cover the program fee. If you are in need of scholarship support, please share your request by selecting the box provided on the interest form. If you are invited to join the 2020 cohort, and we are able to meet your scholarship needs, you will receive notice of this by Friday, July 17, 2020.
For more information, please contact Alexis Green at or 602-319-7243.