As an organization dedicated to living musical creators and cultivating a community for their work to thrive in, ACF strives to be diverse, inclusive, and equitable like many in our shared ecosystem. To do so, however, we must acknowledge the historical exclusion of non-white artists in the musical world – particularly Western European-based classical music – and provide a platform to the very artists we seek to support. On Saturday, September 7, we invited artists, partners, colleagues, and leaders to join us in listening, learning, and discovering tangible ideas to activate more racially inclusive and equitable opportunities for creative musical artists today.
We want to continue the conversation. Please join us!
ways to join our conversation:
- Join our Monthly Study Group! We’ll meet on Zoom each month. Look for registration links in our calendar. Curious listeners looking to learn together, please.
- Sign up for our mailing list to learn about future programs and gatherings.
- Follow us on Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube
what we are reading/listening to:
- 1619 Project from The New York Times (podcast in link) – October 7, 2019
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo – November 4, 2019
- The Urgency of Intersectionality TED Talk by Kimberlé Crenshaw – December 2, 2019
- white supremacy culture by Tema Okun – January 6, 2020
- A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin – March 2, 2020
- RE-Tool: Racial Equity in the Panel Process (with Eleanor Savage, lead author and special guest) – April 6, 2020 & May 4, 2020
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – June 1, 2020
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi – July 6, 2020
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi continued – August 5, 2020
- Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing – September 9, 2020
- Say it Louder by Tiffany Cross – October 8, 2020
- The Invention of the White Race by Theodore Allen
- Black Marxism: the Making of the Black Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson
- ….and we will keep adding more!
WHO IS THIS FOR?
- Representatives experiencing, working in, and/or seeking to participate in building diversity and greater representation of non-white artists in musical presentations (artists, artistic administrators, music/artistic directors, executive directors, producers)
- Artists and advocates seeking a forum for listening, learning, and connection about Racial Equity and Inclusion
- Community members who want to participate/engage in ACF’s efforts to assess and revise our programs
The Racial Equity and Inclusion Forum was generously supported by an investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Special thanks to the Twin Cities PBS for their support of this event.
livestream still available to view: https://livestream.com/accounts/12638076/Artists4Equity
Saturday, September 7, 2019
8:30am Welcome, Thank you, and Overview of ACF and this convening
Vanessa Rose, ACF President & CEO
Sound Painting: Let’s create music together! Led by Nirmala Rajasekar*
9:00 – 10:30am The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians: Then and Now
Janis Lane-Ewart, moderator
Ernest Dawkins*, Nicole Mitchell, * Amina Claudine Myers,* Taalib-din Ziyad*
11am – 12:30pm Inclusive Programming: Opportunities, Obstacles, Integration with Artistic Vision
Patrick Castillo*, moderator
PaviElle French,* Delta David Gier, David Hamilton, Jonathan Bailey Holland,* Garrett McQueen, Dameun Strange*
12:30-2pm Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:30pm Seeking Artists: Recruitment, Selection Process, Criteria for Relevance and Impact
Anne Gotte, moderator
Brent Michael Davids,* Gabriela Lena Frank,* Mary Kouyoumdjian,* Reinaldo Moya,* Eleanor Savage, Laura Zabel
3:45pm Learning from Creative Artists: Our Call to Action
Justin Laing, Facilitator and Thought Partner & Vanessa Rose
4:25pm Closing: Vivian Fung*, ACF Board Vice-Chair
Location: Twin Cities PBS (TPT) is located at 172 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101.
Anne Gotte (VP Global Talent, Ecolab)