Creating Change 2022: Accountability and Action for the New Jersey Arts Community
Creating Change 2022: Accountability and Action for
the New Jersey Arts Community
March 31, 2022
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Presented by the Creating Change Network
Hosted by Two River Theater, Red Bank, NJ
$75 – General Tickets
$25 – College Student Tickets
This in-person summit will focus on accountability as the New Jersey arts community continues to move forward toward equity and justice, and will offer a chance to co-create, ideate, and implement actions as a collective field. This event will feature a keynote panel, discipline-specific working groups, and topic-specific working groups.
We strongly encourage arts organizations to bring multiple participants that represent varying levels of seniority within the institution, such as executive leaders, junior staff, trustees, and mid-level managers.
Please note that each attendee must register individually.
Some scholarships are available through the NJ Arts and Culture Administrators of Color Network.
Registration will be open until March 21st and is limited to 200 participants.
All COVID-19 safety Protocols of Two River Theatre must be followed.
Working group topics will include:
- Creating a template for an equity plan for arts organizations
- In this session, facilitators will share the process they went through to go from a DEIJ statement to a written DEIJ plan with specific actions steps and strategies. Attendees will work together to brainstorm what would/should be included in potential a template for written equity plans for arts organizations in NJ.
- Drafting an equity statement/anti-racism ethos for yourself/organization
- This session is perfect for organizations that want to make a public statement of commitment to the work of equity and justice, but don't know where to start or what the process should be to create one. Facilitators will discuss sample processes for creating a statement of commitment, and attendees will spend some time crafting language to bring back to their organizations and offering peer feedback on these initial drafts.
- Getting your board on board with prioritizing equity
- Facilitators will share their personal experiences of working with trustees to ensure that trustees share the knowledge base and commitment to DEIJ work needed to move organizations forward. Attendees will have time to share challenges, successes, and case studies from their organizations and brainstorm with peers about how to approach the work of board relations connected to DEIJ work.
- Using your power to create change as junior staff and mid-level managers
- This session, designed for emerging leaders and mid-level managers, will offer insights into how individuals can "lead from where they are" in an arts organization. The facilitators will share their personal experiences, then lead the group in a discussion about how they can push for change around equity and justice in their organizations.
- Putting it in Writing: Bylaws and employee manuals as equity-promoting documents
- This session will focus on how written policies such as employee manuals, job descriptions, and bylaws can be crafted with an equity-promoting lens. Attendees will be guided by facilitators to look at sample policies (and/or policies from their own organizations) and revise them to be more equitable.
- Leading from your position as a board member
- Facilitators, both of whom have extensive experience as board consultants and board members for arts organizations, will share their perspectives on how boards can lead change related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Attendees will discuss challenges, fears, and triumphs they've experienced as board members and brainstorm together about how their leadership positions can affect long-lasting change.
- Promoting equity for the Arts Classroom
- This session will offer group brainstorming on how arts education programs can be better structured to ensure equitable access, inclusive classroom spaces, and diverse representation among teaching artists and staff. Attendees will share examples from their own organizations where they have encountered challenges or found success, and work together to synthesize and articulate some best practices for equitable arts education.
- Creating Equitable Working Standards for the Arts Field in New Jersey
- This session will be a group brainstorm about what common agreements or working standards might be created in New Jersey. Inspired by the Chicago Theatre Standards, the Milwaukee Theatre Working Standards, Pay Equity Certification, The Dancers Forum Compact, the New Standard of Care, and other documents, this session will seek to begin a conversation about what a set of working standards in New Jersey Arts might look like or contain.
The Creating Change Network is a program of New Jersey Theatre Alliance and ArtPride New Jersey, led by a steering committee of arts and social justice leaders. Steering Committee Chair: Donna Walker-Kuhne, Senior Advisor, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
The activities of the Creating Change Network are supported by the Grunin Foundation.
For more information, please contact Erica Nagel at firstname.lastname@example.org