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Welcome to My Blog: Arts and Culture Connections

Dear Colleague, Imagine a world without theater, music, dance, visual arts, books or the support of our essential cultural institutions. Unfortunately, the current political climate has awakened us all to the possibility that we may be standing at the threshold of what could become be a dark, abysmal and soulless landscape. Against that backdrop, today, I am launching my new blog to champion the arts, … Continue reading Welcome to My Blog: Arts and Culture Connections

Investment in EDI& Program Is Paying Off on Staten Island

October 25, 2020 — I am pleased to share with the readers of Arts & Cultural Connections the results of our three-year journey with Staten Island Arts (SIA) and its Expanding Audiences and Cultural Participation Initiative. You’ll find the details in an article published in a recent issue of GIA Reader, a publication of Grantsmakers in the Arts (GIA), which was written by SIA Executive … Continue reading Investment in EDI& Program Is Paying Off on Staten Island

The State of the Arts: 2020

October 18, 2020: I was delighted to join my colleague, Erik Gensler, founder of Capacity Interactive, and two other thought leaders for a recent podcast episode to discuss the state of the arts in 2020 in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and the issues of systemic racism and social injustice further highlighted by the murder of George Floyd. Erik put together this discussion for “CI … Continue reading The State of the Arts: 2020

Looking Within to Fund EDI&A Initiatives

October 11, 2020—Scores of arts and cultural institutions this year have been reaffirming their commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDI&A) initiatives, and I have been documenting the planning, strategies and action steps being proposed. One of the major constraints consistently mentioned is the lack of financial resources to fund their proposed efforts. However, some institutions are taking bold steps; they are looking internally … Continue reading Looking Within to Fund EDI&A Initiatives

America’s Cultural Treasures: POC Arts Organizations to Receive Grants

 I was excited and thrilled to recently read in the Washington Post about the Ford Foundation’s announcement that it has partnered with several foundations and major donors to make available millions of dollars in unrestricted national and regional grants to arts organizations in the communities of People of Color (PoC)! The grants are part of a still-expanding campaign called “America’s Cultural Treasures,” which was initiated … Continue reading America’s Cultural Treasures: POC Arts Organizations to Receive Grants

Virtual Screening and Panel Draws Thousands to Honor the Life and Work of Rep. John Lewis

This past Monday, I was among the thousands of people nationwide who participated in the virtual watch party and interactive, online panel discussion about Good Trouble, the documentary that showcases the phenomenal history and life’s work of the late U.S. Representative John Lewis. Directed by Dawn Porter, the documentary is both riveting and humanistic. As I watched the film, I fell in love with John … Continue reading Virtual Screening and Panel Draws Thousands to Honor the Life and Work of Rep. John Lewis

The 2020 Census: Don’t Let Time Run Out!

Now, more than ever, as we experience the impact of shrinking federal resources for BIPOC communities, it is imperative that we encourage and push, if we have to, every member of our community to participate in the 2020 Census by filling out the form. I believe participation in the 2020 Census is as important and as urgent as voting on November 3, 2020. In April, … Continue reading The 2020 Census: Don’t Let Time Run Out!

Resisting the White House Efforts to Dismantle Federal ED&I Programs

I am sure many of you have heard by now about the recent White House memo to cancel diversity training that was issued to all federal agencies throughout the United States. This is likely one of the most blatant acts of systemic or institutional racism that we have ever witnessed; a blatant attempt to distort and dismiss the legitimate demonstrations and calls for equity and … Continue reading Resisting the White House Efforts to Dismantle Federal ED&I Programs

NJPAC Panel discusses Role of “White Allyship”

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s PSEG True Diversity Film Series recently sponsored a virtual panel of all white advocates titled, “White Fragility—A Conversation About Allyship,” which I believe will be of interest to the readers of Arts & Culture Connections. A week prior to the event, participants were encouraged to watch a video about the book, White Fragility, read by author Robin DiAngelo. More … Continue reading NJPAC Panel discusses Role of “White Allyship”

HARLEM WEEK 2020: Broadway Careers Panel Tackles Bias in the Industry

HARLEM WEEK 2020 has ended and we had a global audience of thousands! I personally would like to thank the readers of Arts & Culture Connections for your participation and support! Every year, a very important component of HARLEM WEEK is the panels, conferences and summits. Despite this year’s virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still were able to offer this important programming—an … Continue reading HARLEM WEEK 2020: Broadway Careers Panel Tackles Bias in the Industry

The Creative Justice Initiative: Take the Survey by August 31st

I am a longtime admirer and supporter of the advocacy work of New York’s Dr. Marta Moreno Vega. Her pioneering work at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) has given voice to the vast and diverse art and culture of the African Diaspora in a unique and important way. Dr. Moreno Vega’s work and her books continue to advocate for cultural equity and … Continue reading The Creative Justice Initiative: Take the Survey by August 31st