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National Board Training

Currently on pause for the 2023–2024 season

While we have had three full years of steady interest and robust virtual cohorts, we recognize that we are in a time when virtual opportunities have become challenging for some people as we transition back to in-person gatherings or move toward hybrid offerings. Additionally, we are watching the challenges in arts/culture and nonprofit organizations as board members narrow their focus on what to prioritize. 

These conversations are crucial, so we want to pause, listen to the field, and reassess the most effective way to continue antiracism work with trustees. As we explore new models and ask for feedback, please sign up for our newsletter to stay updated.

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Date and Location

Currently on pause for the 2023–2024 season

About the Program

An Ongoing Call to Action 

In the aftermath of 2020, arts and cultural institutions wrote statements, created committees, hired BIPOC leaders, and promised not to return to their previous version of “normal." Now is the time for those statements to become actions.  As we continue to grapple with ongoing racial violence; the attacks directed at queer, trans, and nonbinary people; and watch arts and culture institutions struggle to rebound from the effects of the pandemic, we need courageous leaders more than ever. 

Board leadership and the role of cultural arts institutions continues to remain a relevant and crucial tool for shifting culture. Building on four years of our National Board Training, we will be providing even more expansive and rigorous Board-focused antiracism curriculum and resources. The work is far from over!


Program Overview 

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 invited to take a deep dive into addressing issues of equity and antiracism to better serve the organizations to which they’ve been entrusted. 

This national board cohort will participate in nine virtual skills-based and analysis-building sessions over the course of six months. These skills-based sessions will explore foundational concepts related to equity and antiracism; benchmarks of antiracist organizations; and how to operationalize equity and antiracism values. Participants will join a growing base of over a hundred antiracist trustees working to effect organizational and field-wide change. Even after the training is concluded, this enthusiastic base of trustees continues to meet, collaborate, and strategize together to use their positional power and agency in the service of antiracism.

Unfortunately, due to low interest at this time, we have made the decision not to move forward with this year's cohort. We encourage you to sign up for our newsletter for updates about the future of the National Board Training program. You can also explore our other program offerings here.


30+ hours of training: Participants will receive nine Intensive Skills-Building/Analysis-Building sessions covering:

  • establishing personal and organizational goals;

  • exploring barriers to organizational change;

  • foundational concepts related to equity, inclusion, and antiracism;

  • understanding the roots of or current organizational structure and culture;

  • benchmarks of inclusive organizations;

  • how to operationalize equity, inclusion, and antiracism 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, inclusion, and antiracism.

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.




Registration is $812.00 US. The cost of registration goes toward facilitation fees, access services, and technical + administrative support.



Captions are available for all programming. ASL Interpretation is available upon request. Please request additional access support at the time of registration.


Please reach out to for more information.


Stay tuned for updates!

Session 1:

Orientation | Introductions and Overview 

Session 2:

Personal and Organizational Goals

Session 3:

Identity and Social Location

Session 4:

Building a Power Analysis

Session 5:

Organizational Culture

Session 6:

Accountability Practices

Session 7:

Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions

Session 8:

Organizational Assessment

Session 9:

Individual and Collective Board Action

Session hours:

9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PT

10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. MT

11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. CT

12 p.m.–3:30 p.m. ET

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