Houston, we have a problem: Confronting Racism in the Arts, at the Common Field Convening to be held online during April 2020. Registration is free and open to the public.
How does racism show up in the work of artists, arts organizers, and arts administrators? Houston is touted as one of the most diverse U.S. cities, however it remains racially and economically segregated, manifesting inequities and silos in the arts, as in every aspect of life. This segregation creates disparities in opportunities, funding, leadership, and critical coverage for artists and organizations. How can our stories generate dynamics for a more racially just arts community?
Cherry Steinwender and Laura Gallier will facilitate a dialogue to begin an exploration of our racial conditioning and empower ourselves to be agents of change. The Houston-based conversation will focus on identifying various forms of racism using examples from recent news articles and artist projects. This session values deep listening and sharing community knowledge and experience. Both folks with experience and those new to conversations on racism and equity are encouraged to participate. We hope you’ll join us or attend other events at the Convening.