Memphis Performing Arts Summit: Cultivating Equity w/Kaisha S. Johnson
Memphis Performing Arts Summit: Cultivating Equity In the Performing Arts, with Kaisha S. Johnson Friday April 5th, 5:30-8:00: Introductory meet and greet with fellow summit goers and Kaisha. Children welcome! Saturday April 6th or Sunday April 7th, 9am-4pm: Pick either day. We will be providing the same training on both days, to reach as many people as possible. Limited to 40 attendees per day. On both days, we will have a delicious lunch at Caritas Village (not included; lunch prices range from $5-$10). How do we create safer and more equitable spaces in our small companies, artists studios, as well as the major institutions in this city? With the right tools, artists can leverage their collective power to institute new practices that dismantle systems of inequities.Together we can harness our energy and engender a community of learning and sharing with a weekend of community action and professional development at Caritas Village. Kaisha S. Johnson is Co-Founder and Founding Director of Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA), a national service organization dedicated to creating racial and cultural equity in the performing arts field. Johnson, who recently received the Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts from APAP, will take our community through an Anti Oppression and implicit bias training as well as facilitate next steps on helping us implement fair practices in the community. Summit Aspirations GOALS help to engender a community of learning and sharing assess and outline the needs and desires of the Memphis arts community illuminate the importance of EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion) work address the role of the individual (artists/cultural workers) and collective (organizations/cultural + community institutions) in EDI work prepare a vision board of proposed outcomes for MPAC begin an initial draft outline for a Code of Conduct (to be fully fleshed out at a later date, and distributed and adopted throughout the Memphis cultural community) OBJECTIVES ground participants in the value of collective work and responsibility and community building dissect the terms (and practices) of equity, inclusion and diversity and impart a basic understanding of the terminology illuminate factors which contribute to racial and cultural inequities in the field (and the world) impart a basic understanding of privilege and expose how privilege affects and challenges notions of equity and equality center personal and organizational values as a way to begin to erode racial, cultural and gender inequities examine concerns within arts community and uncover issues that may seemingly undermine equitable practices discuss next steps in working towards dismantling systems that perpetuate(d) these practices
2509 Harvard Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112
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