Pre-Conference Workshop

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Admission to this year’s pre-conference workshop is $50 and is available through conference registration.

Space is limited.

Examining Equity: From Concept to Practice

10:00 AM-5:00 PM | Broadway Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Kaisha S. Johnson, founding director, Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA)
Presented by Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA)

As arts professionals, we’ve become increasingly aware of the need to create more diverse and inclusive spaces. However, diversity and inclusion alone don’t create more equitable work environments. Equity is the goal and diversity and inclusion are simply tools towards helping to achieve it. To realize our goal, we must really understand how our current practices and policies produce the outcomes that we see on and off the stage. Creating racial, cultural, and gender equity requires paying attention to the factors that contribute to disparities – from bias and discriminatory practices that we all consciously and unconsciously participate in – to structural inequities in our institutions. In this workshop, we will take a more thorough look at those foundational concepts and examine how equity, diversity, and inclusion are more than mandated initiatives, but living practices that impact our entire arts ecosystem. We will then begin to uncover how to best implement those practices into our everyday so that equity becomes not a mandated initiative, but a way in which our organizations live and breathe.

This workshop is open to all, but capacity is limited. Registrants must commit to the full day’s attendance. 

Kaisha Johnson
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