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Thursday, May 20 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
2 PM ET: Arts and Equitable Community: How Arts Leaders Can Better Engage Local Community

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Artistic expression delivers a narrative that can reflect communities the artist belongs to (Isserman & Markussen, 2012). Arts organizations directly impact the communities they inhabit in ways that promote these narratives, strengthen social connections, financial prospects, and real estate value; however, these impacts often perpetuate white supremacy (Topaz et al., 2019; Woskowitz, 2017; Murdoch, Grodach, & Foster, 2015; Schmidt Campbell, 2016). The question then emerges: how can arts organizations engage local community in a way that rejects white supremacy and embraces equity? This paper examines this question through a review of amassed literature (both academic and non-pedagogical) in order to garner an array of case studies of arts organizations committed to rebuilding their communities. From these case studies, suggestions for renewing this commitment include embodying equitable and liberatory practices within an arts organization through sustainable and reflexive community engagement (Cunningham, 2017; Azmat, Fujimoto, & Rentschler, 2014; Fred and Farrell, 2008). A more equitable and liberatory arts organization engages with their community by employing local talent, sustaining regular tailored community outreach, pursuing and obtaining consistent funding, and creating opportunities for cultural connection and dialogue with the work they exhibit (Moldavanova & Wright 2019, Cunningham, 2017; Thibodeau & Rüling, 2015; Azmat, Fujimoto, & Rentschler 2014; Fred & Farrell 2008). In so doing, arts organizations renew their commitment to rebuilding arts communities and themselves with lasting impacts.

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Alexandra Mielcarek, MFA Seattle University, Student

Alexandra Mielcarek is a graduate student in the process of obtaining her MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. She has a background as a community arts developer in Charleston, SC and has previously presented work in public health research.

Thursday May 20, 2021 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
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