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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Arts Leading The Way

WHEN: Wednesday, February 21, 2018; 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
COST: $45.00 BC Alliance members | $85.00 non-members | $25.00 livestream
“Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), (1991). created by cuban-born artist felix gonzales-torres. | image via mark6mauno on flickr.
“UNTITLED” (PORTRAIT OF ROSS IN L.A.), (1991). CREATED BY CUBAN-BORN ARTIST FELIX GONZALES-TORRES. | IMAGE VIA MARK6MAUNO ON FLICKR.

The cultural landscape of BC is beautifully diverse, but are arts organizations truly aware of their potential to engage and serve diverse communities? How do the arts in BC include or exclude persons of varying identities? What can we do to ensure that diverse voices and perspectives are authentically included and expressed in the arts? How can we work within our sector to become leaders on the road to justice and equality?

In this 2.5-hour workshop, we will introduce concepts of equity, inclusion, identity and intersectionality. Through activities and conversation, participants will be invited to explore their own cultural identities, begin to deconstruct their cultural biases and critically examine systemic barriers to gain a more empathetic understanding of issues faced by people of underrepresented identities. With the understanding that the arts have a profound ability to impact the health and evolution of our collective communities, we will discuss strategies to implement culturally-competent and authentically inclusive practices within the arts sector.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

Naomi Cromwell is a woman of Afro-Caribbean and European descent born on unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver). A musician and activist, Naomi is an advocate of community-building and youth empowerment through the arts. Throughout her professional career she has had the honour of developing and leading initiatives with nonprofit organizations such as The National Music Centre, UNITY Charity, Selkirk College and BC Touring Council. She currently spends her time between Vancouver and Nelson.

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