ARTS presents Racial Equity workshops with national speaker Carmen Morgan

SEATTLE (September 7, 2016) —Changing the power dynamics in our society and addressing persistent race and social justice inequities is a fundamental pillar of the work of the City of Seattle and the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS). Art allows us to express ourselves and see other people’s realities in ways that can break down barriers and lead to change within ourselves and our institutions. As one tool to address these inequities, ARTS is offering workshops addressing racial equity with the nationally renowned director of artEquity, Carmen Morgan in September.

The artistic process is a powerful tool to help communities come together and foster understanding,” says Randy Engstrom, Director of the Office of Arts & Culture. “Artists and arts organizations can build bridges to bring us together and create solutions. It is integral for us to offer our arts organizations the training they need to address these issues and build a better, more inclusive, stronger society.”

ARTS is committed to ensuring that Seattle’s arts and cultural organizations reflect our community and have the tools and trainings they need to remove barriers to participation, and involve diverse cultures and underserved audiences and artists. Carmen Morgan will be in Seattle in September to offer two newly created workshops, Centering People of Color in the Racial Equity Movement (Sept. 21) and Becoming Effective White Allies by Supporting People of Color (Sept. 22).  Scholarships are available for those working in the arts and cultural sector. Please contact Kathy Hsieh at Kathy.Hsieh@seattle.gov for more information.

Centering People of Color in the Racial Equity Movement with Carmen Morgan
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 1– 4:30 p.m.
2100 Building, Community Room B
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

What do we people of color (POC) working towards racial equity need to help us feel supported, safe, and better able to be our full selves rather than token representatives of our race? How can we stay engaged in the movement and stay motivated against potential burn-out? Covering self-care techniques to strategies for POCs working in predominantly white organizations or running our own POC-led institutions, this workshop creates space for and prioritizes the needs of POCs. Class size 25. $150/person. http://artequity.bpt.me/

Becoming Effective White Allies by Supporting People of Color with Carmen Morgan
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, West Room
104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

This workshop is aimed towards those who want to be more effective white allies by learning how they can better support people of color in working towards racial equity. White people have an important role in undoing racism in this country. There are specific strategies that they can take on to help create greater equity in how the movement advances forward. This session will be most effective for white allies who already have an understanding of white privilege and are ready to partner more authentically with people of color. Class size 25. $150/person. http://artequity2.bpt.me/

Carmen Morgan is a national consultant leading conversations at the forefront of the field on equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. She is the founder and director of artEquity, a national program that provides tools, resources, and training to support the intersections of art and activism. She has provided leadership development, organizational planning and coaching for staff, executives, and boards for over 100 non-profit organizations.  She is on the faculty of Yale School of Drama where she addresses issues of identity, equity, and inclusion in the arts.

Morgan’s work is rooted in popular education, community organizing, and a commitment to social justice. She remains dedicated to community building and activism, and has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years.

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The Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with the Office for Civil Rights, is committed to addressing, and increasing community-wide awareness about, existing inequities so that we, along with our cultural and community partners, can most effectively work together toward a vision of racial equity. Seattle Presents Gallery features a variety of immersive installations, curated exhibitions pulled from the city’s Portable Works Collection, resident artists, and original artworks. The gallery presents both emerging and established artists and curators, and provides all who pass by the opportunity to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences.

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture presents Racial Equity workshops for arts organizations

Workshops: Aug. 17, 24, 31 and Sept. 7, 13, 28

Changing the power dynamic in our society and addressing persistent race and social justice inequities is a fundamental pillar of the work of the City of Seattle and the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS). Art allows us to express ourselves and see other people’s realities in ways that can break down barriers and lead to change within ourselves and our institutions. As one tool to address these inequities, ARTS is offering a series of workshops addressing racial equity, implicit bias and white fragility in August and September.

The artistic process is a powerful tool to help communities come together and foster understanding,” says Randy Engstrom, Director of the Office of Arts & Culture. “Artists and arts organizations can build bridges to bring us together and create solutions. It is integral for us to offer our arts organizations the training they need to address these issues and build a better, more inclusive, stronger society.”

ARTS, in partnership with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), is committed to addressing, and increasing community-wide awareness about existing inequities so that we, along with our cultural and community partners, can most effectively work together toward a vision of racial equity. In August and September ARTS will offer a trio of Racial Equity workshops. The workshops include White Fragility with Robin DiAngelo, Implicit Bias with Darlene Flynn and Leading with Racial Equity for Structural Transformation with Scott Winn. Individuals may sign up for single sessions, or the entire series in any sequence.

Workshops:

White Fragility with Robin DiAngelo
Wednesdays, Aug. 17 or Sept. 7
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A 4-hour workshop focusing on the specific way that racism manifests through White Fragility (defined as the inability for white people to tolerate racial stress) and provides the perspectives and skills needed for white people to have more constructive cross-racial interactions. Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education and is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative and has just completed the 2nd edition of her book, What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy.

 

Implicit Bias with Darlene Flynn
Wednesdays Aug. 24 or Tuesday, Sept. 13
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Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner and can have detrimental impacts in how we interact with others with regard to race. In this 2-1/2 hour workshop participants will learn to identify implicit racial bias, understand its impacts, and develop strategies for interrupting it. Darlene Flynn works in the Office for Civil Rights as a Policy Analyst and trainer for the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. She also served on the Black Child Development Institute Education Committee to work on disproportionality in rates of discipline of children of color and other issues contributing to the “achievement gap”, and was a Seattle School Board member.

Leading with Racial Equity for Structural Transformation with Scott Winn
Wednesdays, Aug. 31 or Sept. 28
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Through this 2-1/2 hour workshop participants will strengthen their knowledge of their own positions of advantage and disadvantage, how these impact their lived experience (communities they serve), and roles and strategies to create equity and justice. We will discuss how leading with racial equity is a strategy for structural transformation for collective liberation for all. Scott Winn is a Policy and Development Lead for the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). He is co-founder of Seattle’s Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, a grassroots organization working to eliminate structural racism by educating and organizing white people to support people of color-led organizations working for social and economic change. Winn is a faculty member of the University of Washington, School of Social Work where he teaches courses centered on social workers as agents for social and economic change.