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Finding the Keys: 
Antiracist Approaches to Radical Recruitment in the Arts

A workshop experience designed to give you real-life recruitment and hiring solutions.

2024 Dates | Location

October 10

10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. PT / 1:30 p.m.–4 p.m. ET *Note this is one hour shorter than 2023's sessions. 

via Zoom meetings

About the Program

Finding the Keys is a workshop experience designed to give you real-life recruitment and hiring solutions that can be applied across industries. There are no excuses. This is a unique opportunity to roll up your sleeves and do the work with one of the nation's leading subject matter experts.

Led by Sharifa Johka, former Director of Equity at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and radical inclusion activist, this workshop is designed to give attendees actionable steps to successfully operationalize equity values in recruiting and hiring practices.

Sharifa Johka is a national leader in the area of active recruitment and hiring practices for diverse teams. She has used antiracist approaches to assist in identifying, selecting, and onboarding diverse candidate pools. Her recruitment strategies have been used by Fortune 100 corporations and arts organizations across the country. Her well-known call to active recruitment "Finding the Keys" has inspired new recruitment approaches and strategies for organizations around the nation.

Finding the Keys:

Antiracist Approaches to Radical Recruitment in the Arts

Real life recruitment and hiring solutions for any industry.



The workshop will be conducted virtually with a combination of personal reflection, small group work, and large group conversations. 



We ask that participants be fully present for all two-and-a-half hours of this training. This workshop is designed to build thematically, layering one concept after another. Missing more than a few minutes of the session will make it challenging for the individual and their co-learners. 


Computer-generated captions are available for all programming. ASL Interpretation and/or Live Captioning is available if requested two weeks prior to the training. For other access support, please let us know at the time of registration.


For day-of technical support, please email


Registration is $175 US. The cost of registration goes toward facilitation fees, access services, and technical + administrative support.


Please contact us at to make arrangements for groups of 5+. While we do not provide group rates, it is important that each participant registers individually so that we know how to best support their training experience.


Registration exchanges may be made once within the calendar year. The exchanged registration can be used for the original registrant or changed to a new individual. Requests for exchanges should be made at least two business days before the start of the event.


Note: For a group registration exchange, the paying organization retains the registration privileges of the ticket. Any exchange requests should come from an organization representative.

Note: If a different date is not available within the calendar year, no exchanges will be granted.



No refunds will be issued for Finding the Keys.

If you need to exchange your registration, please email us at

Thank you to our supporters

artEquity provides the tools, resources, and training to support the intersection of art and activism. Our work is made possible in part by The Ford Foundation, the Getty Foundation, Barbara and Amos Hostetter, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the JKW Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, and a growing community of individuals and organizations across the globe.

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