Cultural Equity: Almost 43% of California residents speak a language other than English at home, a proportion far higher than any other state. Additionally, no single racial or ethnic group forms a majority of California’s population, making the state a minority-majority state. How can arts mangers advance the conversation on cultural equity? Is it about engaging new and diverse participants, providing more support for community arts, tacking institutional or systemic marginalization or rethinking creative placemaking strategies?

2014-15 Cultural Equity Fellows

Cultural Equity Cohort / 2014-2015 – Projects

A Workshop

Crossing Into Race and Privilege in the Arts

Lead by  Lauren Benetua, Jay Marie HillDorothy SantosManish Vaidya and Angela Anderson Guerrero,

A conversation about diversity, identity and the ways that history, culture, public policy and institutional practices interact to impact the way we address race and privilege in our sector. The session will invite us all to talk very explicitly about what #BlackLivesMatter looks like in practice via a multi-generational and multi-racial diaspora in the Bay Area. The goal of the session is to walk out with tightly bound commitments and new allegiances that lives far beyond the room and space.

This workshop will take place at EMERGENCE 2015 – on May 30th, 2015 – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Online Project

We Hear You: LolzCultural Equity, A Resource and Support Hub for the Voiceless

The Cultural Equity team founded and runs lolzCulturalEquity, a multi-site hub that seeks to empower Bay Area artists, arts administrators, and cultural producers through its use as a destination for creatives to anonymously share experiences regarding cultural equity-related challenges within the Bay Area arts community. This media platform allowed the the EAP Cultural Equity Research team the opportunity to serve our community as well as connect artists to organizational resources and individuals ready and willing to empower others. In addition to the online web format, the team created a dedicated warmline for sharing of and support thru uncomfortable and unacceptable, non-urgent incidents. The number allowed our community to leave a message detailing these incidents and experiences of cultural (in)equity, thus providing an outlet that had never before been offered to our community. If requested by the caller, one of the lolz Cultural Equity founders followed up the caller via email or by phone within 48 hours. All information was kept confidential.

Cultural Equity Cohort / 2014-2015 – Resources