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Strategies for Change:
Becoming an Antiracist Organization

A two-part training on how to launch, sustain, and engage antiracism in your institution.

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2024 Dates | Location

February 23 + March 1 (Registration now closed; if you wish to register, please email meet@artequity.org)

May 10 + May 17

September 27 + October 4

Fridays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. PT / 1 p.m.–5 p.m. ET

via Zoom meetings

Strategies for Change

There's so much to do. Where and how do we begin? We're clear about our values, but how do we operationalize them? How do we move beyond indecision, overwhelm, and being stuck? More importantly, how do we work around rigid detractors and hostility?

 

Join artEquity Founder + Executive Director, Carmen Morgan, and Deputy Director, Michael Robertson, in this two-part intensive. Enhanced and expanded from the successful 2021 webinar, this interactive virtual series will provide concrete practices, real-life organizational examples, and opportunities to practically apply antiracist concepts. 

In this two-part intensive, participants will:

  • Learn how to make the case for this important work; 

  • Explore potential accountability practices and tools that can support implementation of antiracist practices;

  • Discuss and learn from successful antiracist initiatives;

  • Become a part of an Organizational Action Team and test out new ideas with support;

  • Receive tools, templates, and resources including the Strategies for Change webinar to share with others in their organization.

 

Facilitators

Carmen and Michael have supported organizational culture change for theaters, museums, production teams, associations, unions, dance companies, foundations, and universities across the US and Canada. 

Requirements

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  • Foundational Understanding of Antiracism: This is not an introductory session. We expect that participants have a foundational understanding of antiracism.

    • We define antiracism as follows:
      Antiracism works with the complexities of difference and continually challenges race and racist discourses. Given the relational aspects of difference, antiracism necessarily touches on the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, and other forms of difference. Antiracism posits that: 

      • Race, in that it is often plainly marked on the body, is one aspect of identity that assumes a stubborn saliency. 

      • The politics of antiracism requires the centrality of race in anti-oppression work that calls itself “antiracist.” (Source: Handbook of Black Studies, Sage Publications. Molefi Kete Asante, Maulana Karenga. 2005 Pg. 108.)  

If participants are new to antiracism work, please explore attending artEquity’s Everyday Justice or other introductory learning opportunities before attending Strategies for Change.

  • Experience in Organizational Change Work:  This training is for artists, activists, practitioners, and leaders who have experience and dedication to organizational change through an antiracist lens. We expect that participants have been actively engaged in shifting culture towards ending racism and oppression in their organization or their community.

  • Commitment to Engage in a Rigorous Process: This training will require a significant amount of engagement, time, and rigor. In addition to the eight hours (over two days) of the training, participants will be expected to complete pre-training assignments and reading that will require at least an additional 2 hours. We also expect that participants will be committed to continuing with this work beyond the training sessions. 

  • Additional Resources: The Strategies for Change pre-recorded webinar is an additional resource made available for all participants. A viewing link will be made available as a resource to the training.

LOGISTICS

The workshop will be conducted virtually with a combination of personal reflection, small group work, racial affinity spaces, and large group conversations. Participants will receive a resource packet that will be useful in navigating antiracism work both during and following the training.

ATTENDANCE 

We ask that participants attend all eight hours (four hours each day) 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.

In addition to the eight hours of the training itself, participants will be expected to complete pre-training assignments and reading that will require at least an additional two hours. We also expect that participants will be committed to continue with this work beyond the training sessions.

ACCESS

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

TECH SUPPORT

For day-of technical support, please email meet@artEquity.org.

REGISTRATION

Registration is $285 US. The cost of registration goes toward facilitation fees, access services, and technical + administrative support.

GROUP REGISTRATION

Please contact us at meet@artEquity.org 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.

EXCHANGES

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.

 

REFUNDS

Refunds for the original purchase date will be made in full when requested two weeks prior to the training. Refunds take up to 10 business days to process. We cannot issue refunds for registrations that have previously been exchanged to a new date.

If you need to exchange or cancel your registration, please email us at meet@artEquity.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will be in the training?

These trainings are open to anyone to register. You will find yourself in community with individuals and groups from a variety of organizations, many from the arts and culture sector, but some who are not. While you may be attending as part of an organization, our curriculum is scaffolded to support your participation as an individual participant.

 

Where will the training be held?

This training is virtual and held on Zoom. We recognize that working patterns have shifted over the last few years and some participants are working remotely or managing a unique set of challenges and a variety of individual needs. Additionally, these conversations are personal and often require a significant amount of emotional reserves. In order to allow for the best experience, we ask that you join the session on an independent device, in a quiet and well-lit environment free of distraction. We invite you to best prepare your space in advance to support your personal physical needs.

 

How do I log in to Zoom?

We will be using Zoom as a virtual meeting platform. We encourage you to (re)familiarize yourself with the platform and its setting options in advance, including how to silence microphones on devices being used, how to rename yourself in the display window, and how to access breakout rooms. We highly encourage the use of a desktop computer rather than a mobile device whenever possible. We also recommend making any Zoom software updates in advance of the training.
 

What will I need for this training?

For optimal virtual participation, we encourage you to remain present both on audio and video feeds. However, we understand that you will need to engage in ways that you find most comfortable and that there are varying access needs that might prevent video and audio participation. We encourage you to share access needs with the facilitators prior to and/or during the training as you feel comfortable. Additionally, please silence any audio during the training in order to reduce background noise. We will send electronic versions of our Resource Packet and other pertinent documents. We strongly encourage you to print hard copies of our resource packet, although it is not required.

 

If you are unable to print, we suggest using a .PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat or DocHub (the default .PDF editor attached to Google) to interact with the resource packet (i.e., take notes, answer reflection prompts, etc.). The .PDF resource packet will be writable.

 

The materials contained in the resource packet are copyrighted and have been developed by artEquity staff and belong to the artEquity training program. Some materials have been adapted from other sources and are credited as such. We invite the sharing of concepts, ideas, and learnings from this training and also for you to respect the intellectual property of the artEquity training program. If you would like to use the materials, please refer to the "Use of artEquity Materials" at the back of the Resource packet. 

In summary, the following is a list of materials that will be needed to support the training process:

  • an independent device (we strongly recommend that you do not share devices when joining the session);

  • the Zoom application downloaded to your device (if you do not have computer access, you will need access to a cell phone to dial-in, and please have the most recent Zoom updates installed on your device);

  • a strong wi-fi connection;

  • a Resource Packet (provided via .PDF by artEquitywe recommend printing a hard copy or using a .PDF Reader such as Adobe Acrobat or DocHub); and

  • anything you need to be comfortable (water, snacks, blanket, etc.).

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 Mellon Foundation, the Getty Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Barbara and Amos Hostetter, the Shubert Foundation, the JKW Foundation, and a growing community of individuals and organizations across the globe.

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