Hundreds of artists, administrators, and trustees of New England arts organizations have gathered this year for the Cultural Equity Learning Community, a 16-week, anti-racism series of workshops activated by Arts Connect International. Founded in Boston in 2014, Arts Connect International builds equity and inclusion in and through the arts.
These generous organizations have provided the funding for this work: Anti-Racism Collaborative, the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, The Boston Foundation, MassHumanities, Artists Thrive, an initiative of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), Cambridge Community Foundation, Cambridge Arts Council, Foley Hoag Foundation, ArtsBoston, GenC, Boston Art Review, Deidra Montgomery Consulting, Alyssa Liles-Amponsah Consulting, Quisol Consulting, Meena Malik Consulting, and Marian Taylor Brown Consulting.
Here are a few of the videos from the workshops, starting with a conversation with Sadada Jackson (Embodied Justice Educator), Martin Henson (Executive Director, BMEN Foundation), and Dr. Marta Moreno (Founder, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute), and hosted by Michael Bobbit (Artistic Director, New Repertory Theatre). (1h, 13 mins)
JAMES BALDWIN: Interviewed by Kenneth Clark. This clip is from a 1963 interview after Baldwin's meeting with then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy about the state of Black people in the US. (7:00)
TONI MORRISON: How do you grapple with the long history of apathy on the part of the majority in regard to the persecution of Blackness? (2:04)
JANE ELLIOT LONG: Longtime sociologist, anti-racism educator, and feminist asks a room full of white people to stand if they want to be treated the way Black people are treated in America. (0:58)
BRYAN STEVENSON: Director of the Equal Justice Initiative shares his thoughts on how we arrived at this moment and where we go from here.(4:10)
AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS: The dangers of stereotypes. (2:00)
NPR: Housing segregation and redlining in America: a short history. (6:36)