Cultural Equity | Group Check-ins (including partners)

December 9, 2017

The intention for this session is two-fold, (1) to dig deeper in the the practice and theory of Cultural Equity and (2) to give time for Project Teams to check in with Staff and Partners on project development / Work Plan. Moving towards Cultural Equity, we acknowledge that no single racial or ethnic group forms a majority of California’s population, making the state a minority-majority state; with that dynamic in mind we’ll explore how arts workers advance the conversation on cultural equity across the sector and beyond; how do we tackle institutional or systemic oppression or rethinking creative place keeping strategies?

Location:  Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, SF, CA 94102

Skills Development Objectives:

  • Cultivating practice of critical inquiry
  • Project Development / Management
  • Adaptability / Group Communication and adjustments

Agenda Outline: 9:30am – light breakfast, 10am – Program begins, 12pm – lunch provided, 4pm – day ends

  1. Settling into the space
  2. Reading reflection in small groups
  3. Guest Speakers
  4. Lunch
  5. Focus Area activity / exploration: Heart of (In)Equity Walk
  6. Group Check ins with partners
  7. Closing with intention

Guest Speakers

Ani Rivera 

Executive Director, Galeria de la Raza

TBD Speaker Bio

Ted Russell

Associate Director of Arts Strategy & Ventures, Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Ted Russell is the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s Associate Director of Arts Strategy & Ventures. He works in close partnership with the Director of Arts Strategy & Ventures developing and implementing new initiatives. Ted manages elements of the Arts Program’s portfolio and develops and contributes to learning and evaluation processes, including documenting and disseminating knowledge about promising practices.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ted worked as an organizational consultant specializing in working with arts and cultural organizations and funders. He also served as an arts senior program officer at the James Irvine Foundation from 2005-2016. Earlier in his career, Ted was director of marketing at Montalvo Arts Center, audience development manager for the SF Symphony, annual fund director at the La Jolla Playhouse, and managing director of Malashock Dance & Company. In 2016, Ted was named a Faces of Theatre Bay Area 40@40 Celebration Honoree as one 40 community members who have changed the face of theater in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ted holds a BA in mechanical engineering from Yale University and an M.B.A. in arts management from UCLA’s Anderson School. He serves on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts.

Readings & Assignments

Prep for this session:

Complete the Fellowship Project Work Plan – Download or make a copy in your gdrive

Making Room for the Unnamable:Notes on the 2017 MAP Fund Grants Review Panel by Maria Cherry Galette Rangel

Explaining white privilege to a broke white person by Gina Crosley-Corcoran

From Ted: A History: The Construction of Race and Racism Dismantling Racism Project by Western States Center, from Grantmakers in the Arts resources | Not Just Money: Equity Issues in Cultural Philanthropy by Holly Sidford, Grantmakers in the Arts


U.S. Department of Arts and Culture Policy on Belonging Toolkit

Arts for a Better Bay Area SNAPSHOT: Cultural Equity Statements


Othering and Belonging, john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society