December 5, 2021—I recently had the wonderful opportunity to discuss ongoing efforts to bring Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) initiatives to Broadway, as well as to other cultural institutions and arts organizations, during an interview on the podcast and radio program ArtMovez.
Toni is the award-winning Executive Producer, Creator and Host of Brooklyn Savvy, a community-produced television show that airs on NYC Life. She also is the Regional and Community Affairs Director for Con Edison in Brooklyn.
And Eli is a partner and chief strategist at Unified Field, an award-winning strategic innovation firm. He also is a sculptor, chef, and independent journalist, specializing in public and media art installations.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Toni for many years, and I am a long-time admirer of her efforts to shine a light on crucial and relevant issues in the arts and culture. Toni invited me to participate in the program, which is a co-production with BRIC Arts Media, to share my thoughts about what it will take to advance ED&I within the arts and cultural sectors.
The interview runs about 30 minutes, and it was a lively and thought-provoking discussion. Toni’s questions probed beneath the surface of most discussions about the manifestations of racism in the arts, and the critical need for ED&I initiatives.
Her questions also elicited a frank discussion about how to take on the “attitude barriers” (i.e., “I am not a racist) that perpetuate the painful effects of marginalization, exclusion, and racial injustice. I am grateful to Toni for using her platform to expand the scope of the discussion and engage an even broader audience.