February 16th, 2021
A coalition of Black cultural workers, arts educators and administrators called together through Affinity Groups held by The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable have launched Rebuild, Reconcile, Reimagine: A List of Demands for Centering Black Women’s Leadership in Arts Education. This campaign ask organizations “how are you supporting and cultivating the leadership of Black women?” and calls us in to do better. In addition to the list of demands, which individuals can sign on to, the campaign includes a series of testimonial videos from Black women in the arts education field about the inordinate burdens that Black women shoulder, and why it is important to center and authentically support Black women's leadership.
The List of Demands is directed to funders and senior leadership at PWI (Primarily White Institution) arts education and cultural institutions. It also applies to mid- to larger-sized cultural institutions that are BIPOC-led. The list was created in recognition of and in response to the shared lived experiences of people participating in the NYCAIE Roundtable Black Affinity Group.
The authors of the List of Demands are Brittany Applewhite, Asari Beale, Judith Insell, David King, Jorjina Amefia-Koffi, Toya Lillard, Heather McCartney, Gary Padmore, Josephine Winfrey, PHR, SHRM-CP, and Kendra S. Williams.
You can read more about the campaign and the list of demands, and sign on, on NYC Arts in Ed Roundtable's website.
Published: February 16, 2021