Session Schedule

Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass

 

Monday 10/19 (1:00–2:15pm ET)

Opening & Guild History-Sharing

As co-learners in this series, the Guild for Community Arts Education will kick us off with a transparent sharing of our own anti-racism journey, told by current board members and staff, with dialogue facilitator Masharika Prejean Maddison. We will interrogate the roots of racial inequity within American society and specifically within the Guild, which ultimately led us to start building an anti-racism foundation. We will speak to the journey of making this shift in an 82-year-old institution with roots in the settlement house movement, which promoted, among other things, the assimilation of immigrants to American culture. We will also look forward towards what it will take for the Guild to become an anti-racist organization.

Note: this first session will be pre-recorded.

Monday 11/2 (1:00–2:15pm ET)

ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership (Cleveland, OH)

Our dialogue facilitator, Masharika Prejean Maddison, will speak to key personnel of ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership, including its founder and executive director, M. Carmen Lane. ATNSC, which takes its name from the Ataensic (Atsi’tsiaka:ion) creation story, is an urban retreat center and social practice experiment in holistic health, intergenerational dialogue, leadership development, and Indigenous arts and culture in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. Listen in while Lane and other stakeholders speak to what it means to uphold the roots of its organization and create a healing space which honors the community in which it resides. 

Tuesday 11/3 (1:00–2:00pm ET)

Reflection Session #1

Reflection Session facilitator Toya Lillard will lead a conversation among attendees of the previous day's session to process together, share personal insights, and think through the changes you wish to activate within your own practice or organization. 

Monday 11/16 (1:00–2:15pm ET)

Ashé Cultural Arts Center (New Orleans, LA)

Our dialogue facilitator, Masharika Prejean Maddison, will speak to key personnel of Ashé Cultural Arts Center, including its executive director, Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes. Centering the arts of the African diaspora, Ashé believes in the arts’ ability to be a catalyst for social change and in the power of a civically engaged community, specifically in their neighborhood of Central City located in New Orleans. As their co-founder Mama Carol says, their charge is “to fly in leaps and gusts of provocation, instigation, inspiration and aspiration...to call for and exhibit the higher standards of justice, integrity, and kindness for all...to be brilliant concoctors of opportunity, creators of vision, navigators of bs, advocates of culture, and defenders of children... to make real the majesty of dreams, to make plain the magic of being, to manifest the difference between perceiving and seeing!”

Tuesday 11/17 (1:00–2:00pm ET)

Reflection Session #2

Reflection Session facilitator Toya Lillard will lead a conversation among attendees of the previous day's session to process together, share personal insights, and think through the changes you wish to activate within your own practice or organization. 

Monday 12/7 (1:00–2:15pm ET)

Lion's Tooth Project (Brooklyn, NY)

Our dialogue facilitator, Masharika Prejean Maddison, will speak to key stakeholders of Lion’s Tooth Project, a community project based in Brooklyn, NY in service of LGBTQIA+, Immigrant, Black / Indigenous, and POC youth. Lion’s Tooth Project believes in the healing power of community, story-telling, art, and connection to the earth. Through photography, herbalism, mentorship, and self-expression, Lion’s Tooth Project’s goals are that youth reconnect to their innate belonging to the land, life purpose, and reclaim their power to speak their truth.

Tuesday 12/8 (1:00–2:00pm ET)

Reflection Session #3

Reflection Session facilitator Toya Lillard will lead a conversation among attendees of the previous day's session to process together, share personal insights, and think through the changes you wish to activate within your own practice or organization. 

Monday 1/11 (1:00–2:15pm ET)

Mississippi Center for Cultural Production (Sipp Culture) (Utica, MS)

Our dialogue facilitator, Masharika Prejean Maddison, will speak to key stakeholders of Sipp Culture, a rural community organization based in Utica, MS. Sipp Culture believes in honoring the legacies of community builders and weaves together research, development, local agriculture, with contemporary media & storytelling to promote the legacy and vision of their hometown while also using a place-based model to advocate for the resources its residences need to be self-sufficient.

Tuesday 1/12 (1:00–2:00pm ET)

Reflection Session #4

Reflection Session facilitator Toya Lillard will lead a conversation among attendees of the previous day's session to process together, share personal insights, and think through the changes you wish to activate within your own practice or organization. 

Monday 1/25 (1:00–2:15pm ET)

Field Foundation (Chicago, IL)

Our dialogue facilitator, Masharika Prejean Maddison, will speak to Tempestt Hazel and Lolly Bowean from the Field Foundation. Tempestt (Art Program Officer)  and Lolly (Media and Storytelling Program Officer) will speak to how the foundation uses community empowerment, anti-racism and racial equity as north stars when investing in communities throughout Chicago.

Tuesday 1/26 (1:00–2:00pm ET)

Reflection Session #5

Reflection Session facilitator Toya Lillard will lead a conversation among attendees of the previous day's session to process together, share personal insights, and think through the changes you wish to activate within your own practice or organization. 

Monday 2/8 (1:00–2:15pm ET)

Sins Invalid (San Francisco, CA)

Our dialogue facilitator, Masharika Prejean Maddison, will speak to key stakeholders of Sins Invalid, including their co-founder and executive director, Patty Berne. Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project in San Francisco, CA that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and LGBTQ / gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Led by disabled people of color, Sins Invalid’s performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body, developing provocative work where paradigms of “normal” and “sexy” are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all bodies and communities.

Tuesday 2/9 (1:00–2:00pm ET)

Reflection Session #6

Reflection Session facilitator Toya Lillard will lead a conversation among attendees of the previous day's session to process together, share personal insights, and think through the changes you wish to activate within your own practice or organization. 

Monday 2/22 (1:00–2:15pm ET)

Closing & Key Takeaways

In this final session of the 8-part series, Dialogue Facilitator Masharika Prejean Maddison and Reflection Session Facilitator Toya Lillard, along with Guild staff will share key takeaways from their experience of the “Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass” series.