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

Stacy Waring Tackles COVID-19 and Antiracism at The Lark

I first met Stacy Waring, the recently appointed Executive Director of Operations at The Lark, while consulting with the world-famous Apollo Theater. I consistently was impressed with her commitment to her work as the Director of Theater Operations, as well as her professionalism and high standards of performance. I knew Stacy would have a long and successful career, and she proved me right! Stacy has … Continue reading Stacy Waring Tackles COVID-19 and Antiracism at The Lark

MFA Boston’s D&I Agreement Serves as Model for Arts Organizations

I am happy to share an important and significant update with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections about the results of an investigation into allegations of racial discrimination and harassment that teachers and students from the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy experienced last year during a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The State Attorney General of Massachusetts has reached a … Continue reading MFA Boston’s D&I Agreement Serves as Model for Arts Organizations

Expanding Circus Arts Opportunities for BIPOC Artists

I am thrilled to share with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections an interview I recently conducted with Monique Martin. Monique is currently the Director of Programming for Harlem Stage, a performing arts center that commissions and nurtures artists of color while celebrating the indelible impression the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem has made on American culture, as well as the world. … Continue reading Expanding Circus Arts Opportunities for BIPOC Artists

Artists of Color Continue Protests for Equity and Justice

I have been deeply moved by the profound and steady flow of voices of protest and demands for racial justice that have emerged from the international arts community in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Artists and arts administrators of color have been speaking out in every facet of the arts industry—theater, museums, dance, music and the visual arts—and in countries all around … Continue reading Artists of Color Continue Protests for Equity and Justice

HARLEM WEEK 2020: Going Virtual in the time of COVID-19

I LOVE HARLEM WEEK! From bringing artists to the festival for exposure to helping with the planning and the execution of marketing plans, I have been involved with this legendary arts and cultural festival for more than 30 years. As I have previously shared with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections, this event is an extraordinary example of business, civic and cultural organizations joining … Continue reading HARLEM WEEK 2020: Going Virtual in the time of COVID-19