Artists for Racial Equity (ARE) Network

Mission and Goals

In 2016 Robyne Walker Murphy started the ALAANA Network with the support of James C. Horton, and with Lara Davis and Rodney Camarce as its first co-Ambassadors, to center the needs and opportunities of artists and administrators of color within the community arts education field.

Now rebranded as ARE (Artists for Racial Equity) Network, participants are cultivating a more collective path forward with a new name that reflects both an inclusive and action-oriented approach.

ARE Network seeks to raise the profile of work being led by people of color in the arts, increase our access to sustained resources, and invest in the growth and leadership of people of color in community arts education.

In service of this mission, the ARE Network:

  • Provides a platform for dialog and learning rooted in relationships and cultural knowledge
  • Hosts events to foster intercultural leadership and build solidarity across our communities
  • Shares tools and resources for advancing racial equity within our work and organizations
  • Explores the role that arts and culture play in advancing racial and social justice in our communities and across the country

The ARE Network is made up of people of color working in community arts education.


Stay up to Date with ARE

Want to stay connected to the ARE Network? Members can sign in to the member portal and select the ARE Network in their User Profile. Affiliated Network members will receive invites to all in-person and online events, leadership opportunities within the Network, access to all Network resources, and more.

Nonmembers can enter their email below and receive updates on Network activities as well as select event invites. To fully participate in the ARE Network, join the Guild as a Full member.

Please join us for the ARE Network Meeting on Friday, November 16, 2:00 – 3:30 PM at the National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference in Baltimore, MD.




The ARE Network is at a critical leadership transition period. If you'd like to be considered as part of the team, please fill out this survey!

Special thanks to our current steering committee, Leslie A. Thomas and Ruth C. Mercado-Zizzo, who have navigated various transitions within the Network with flexibility, compassion, and enthusiasm. 

If you have any questions about the ARE Network, please contact, Lissette Martinez, Networks and Learning Coordinator,

Network Event Highlights

Examples of past ARE Network events include:

  • Funding the Movement: Strategies for Engaging and Sustaining Communities: An online community conversation with funders that examined the ways grantmakers are operating in a changing environment as well as strategies for those seeking funding to respond to this movement moment in new way.
  • Finding Your Entry Point: Showing up for Racial Justice in Your Community: This video chat included presentations and a rich discussion amongst artists and arts administrators around creating programming and implementing tools and strategies to both reimagine and realize justice in these times.


Network Produced Resources

ARE produces resources that advance leaders of color in the field. Examples include: