Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass

Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass

Registration is now open!


Series takes place October 19, 2020—February 22, 2021


The “Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass” series offers 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 will be facilitated by Masharika Prejean Maddison of LightWell Coaching + Consulting. As transparent co-learners, the Guild will provide an opening framework for the interview series by sharing its own history, and, in closing, will reflect on its own anti-racism work and lessons learned.

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

The series is open to all. You can register for the series as a whole, or for individual dialogues.



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.

Pay Scale

If you are a Guild member:

Please know that we consider your membership dues to be your shared contribution to this event series.  If you are in a position to add a donation, we welcome you to do so.

If you are not a member:

We are working to make our programs accessible to everyone regardless of their financial resources and circumstances. To that end, we are offering various pricing options for this series—including a “pay what you can” and a “solidarity donation” option—that recognize differences in wealth, income, and privilege within our community and also help us cover program costs.  Cost should never be a barrier to these crucial conversations—therefore, we honor whatever financial exchange feels comfortable and meaningful to you. 

  • General Admission

    • $150 for Full Series (8 virtual sessions)

    • $20 for Individual Session

  • Pay What You Can (No/Low Income)

  • Solidarity Donation: By providing a solidarity donation, you are covering the direct costs of your participation and one other person’s:  

    • $300 for Full Series (8 virtual sessions)

    • $40 for Individual Session

When you pay the solidarity donation, you are acknowledging your privilege and redistributing your wealth towards someone in your community that would not otherwise be able to access services. When you pay general admission, you are helping us cover our costs of serving the community. When you pay what you can, you are allowing your community to support you during this time. All of the above are acceptable ways of participating, and none is less valid than the next.

This privilege-based sliding scale model was adapted from Rooted Doula Collective.


Real-time ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided by Pro Bono ASL for all dialogue webinars. The Guild will provide ASL interpretation and/or closed captioning by request for the follow-up reflection sessions.

Facilitators and presenters will verbally describe what is on screen and state their name before speaking.

Please contact us at least 1 week in advance if you might require additional accommodations, or have questions or feedback about accessibility. We are happy to welcome you!