Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass

Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass


This series is now completed. The “Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass” series will continue in some form—we’ll be taking time first to pause, absorb what we’ve learned, and plan the next step collaboratively with stakeholders.

You can find recordings from the series in our Resource Center:



The “Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass” series offered the opportunity to listen to intimate conversations with six BIPOC-led arts organizations that center anti-racism in mission and practice. Each organization offers its unique perspective on holding true to their values while still navigating the non-profit industrial complex, and using the arts as a vehicle for advocating for liberation of their communities. These dialogues were facilitated by Masharika Prejean Maddison of LightWell Coaching + Consulting. As transparent co-learners, the representatives from the Guild provided an opening framework for the interview series by sharing our organization's own history, and, in closing,  reflected on our own anti-racism work and lessons learned.

After attending each dialogue on a Monday, attendees were invited to a follow-up reflection session the following day facilitated by Toya Lillard of viBe Theater Experience. These reflection sessions provided attendees an opportunity to process the conversation with other participants, share personal insights, and think through the changes they wish to activate within their own practice or organization.

Series Facilitators

Dialogue Facilitator

Masharika Prejean MaddisonMPA, PCC (she | her) self-characterizes herself in her work as one part gentle breeze, one part lighthouse, and one part fly on the wall. As the founder of LightWell Coaching + Consulting, she designs generative and healing spaces for continuous improvement and transformational change amongst leaders, teams, and communities through executive leadership coaching, facilitation, and organizational design consulting. 

Mrs. Prejean Maddison has more than two decades of professional experience, through which she has honed her ability to lead with inquiry, actively listen to understand, communicate complex ideas in accessible ways, strategically plan, diffuse conflict, develop organizational systems for impact, and design adult learning programs. 

Masharika is an endurance runner. She enjoys reading, writing, learning about indigenous energy healing technologies, and exploring the vastness of the world through the eyes of her two young sons. She holds dual residence in San Francisco, CA, and near the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Reflection Session Facilitor

Toya Lillard (she | her) is a theater director, artist, activist and educator. A native Houstonian, Toya graduated from Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). She has directed plays, developed curricula, led advocacy efforts and implemented innovative teaching artist training programs both in and out of our city’s schools. Prior to joining viBe, Toya served as Director of School Programs for The New York Philharmonic’s Education Department, where she helped to develop its nationally recognized School Partnership Program. In addition to leading viBe Theater Experience, Toya is also part-time faculty at The New School, where she teaches in the School of Drama. Toya holds a B.A. from Vassar College, and an M.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Toya serves on the Board of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, and is an Affiliate Representative on the Board of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance.