My 2022 Goals: Extending the Hand of Welcome and Modeling Belonging

January 2, 2022— Happy New Year! By the end of 2021, the lights were flickering back on Broadway, museum doors were open, and dance performances and concerts were being held all over the country, despite still navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with the vaccine mandates and capacity restrictions, arts-lovers would not be deterred from the pleasure and pure joy of experiencing the arts live and … Continue reading My 2022 Goals: Extending the Hand of Welcome and Modeling Belonging

My 2021 Champion of the Arts

December 19, 2021—I am inspired by the significant efforts of several people and organizations this past year that have advanced Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDI&A) in the arts, despite the ongoing pandemics of COVID-19, racial injustice, and political divide. As we close out another tumultuous year, I have chosen to highlight three individuals and three organizations whose laudable efforts personify the work of Champions … Continue reading My 2021 Champion of the Arts

In Tribute to Nai-Ni Chen

December 19, 2021—I was deeply saddened to learn this past week about the accidental death of my colleague, Nai-Ni Chen, the founder and choreographer of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.  Nai-Ni was a fierce, artistic voice; a “storm” for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Access. She was a bold, fearless, hard-working warrior, who was dedicated to engaging audiences; building bridges with diverse communities; developing dance education … Continue reading In Tribute to Nai-Ni Chen

Gennean Scott Steps Into Broadway’s ED&I Spotlight

Gennean M. Scott – Photo credit: J. Mayo December 12, 2021—I was encouraged when I learned earlier this year of the nationwide search launched by The Broadway League to hire its first-ever Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. In my opinion, that was a signal that The League recognized the essential need to establish this position to address the racial and social justice issues raised … Continue reading Gennean Scott Steps Into Broadway’s ED&I Spotlight

ArtMovez Spotlights ED&I and the Arts

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 Yuille Williams and Eli Kuslansky are the co-hosts of ArtMovez, which explores issues at the intersection of the creative arts and social … Continue reading ArtMovez Spotlights ED&I and the Arts

Steps for Building a Culture of Belonging

November 28, 2021—I recently had the opportunity to continue the webinar discussion with three esteemed colleagues about the importance of building a culture of belonging within our arts community. I am so happy to share the link with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections. Sponsored by Arts Reach, an association of arts management, marketing and development professionals, the focus of Part 2 of the … Continue reading Steps for Building a Culture of Belonging

Creating Change has Big Plans for 2022

Artwork Credit: This Guiding Light” is shared with permission of photographer Chrystofer Davis, poet Jasmine Mans, and artist Layqa Nuna Yawar. This mural was made as part of the #MuralsforJustice initiative in Newark, NJ, as a testament to the collective power of Newark artists and that of 2020’s global protests. See the full mural here: “This Guiding Light”. November 21, 2021—Creating Change, a program launched … Continue reading Creating Change has Big Plans for 2022

Overture Center adds “Justice” to its EDI Work

November 14, 2021—It’s been a couple of years since I checked in with my colleague Edward S. Holmes, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Equity and Inclusion at Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2019, Overture Center was among the first arts institutions in the country to elevate the work of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to the C-Suite by naming him its Senior … Continue reading Overture Center adds “Justice” to its EDI Work

Anti-racist theater

November 7, 2021—I recently had the opportunity to watch a virtual dialogue amongst a group of theatre professionals discussing what it means to be an “anti-racist theatremaker.” Sponsored by New York City’s Playwrights Realm, the panelists were asked to tackle the question, What Does Anti-Racist Producing Look Like? The dialogue was livestreamed via the Howlround TV, the peer-produced network of Howlround Theatre Commons, and posted … Continue reading Anti-racist theater

“Diversity United” Seeks to Build Bridges Across Newark

Photo credit: Eric Freedman October 31, 2021—Congregation Ahavas Sholom, in partnership with the City of Newark, has launched a monthly public forum to build bridges between the city’s diverse faith, ethnic and racial communities, and unite them to work together for a just, anti-racist society. The year-long program — “Diversity United” — was the idea of Eric Freedman, President and CEO of Congregation Ahavas Sholom, … Continue reading “Diversity United” Seeks to Build Bridges Across Newark