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Houston, We Have a Problem: Confronting Racism in the Arts

Houston, We Have a Problem: Confronting Racism in the Arts

Thursday, April 30, 2020
1-2:30pm CDT

with Cherry Steinwender (Houston, TX), Laura Gallier (Houston, TX)

How does racism show up in our work as artists, organizers, and administrators? Houston is touted as one of the most diverse U.S. cities, however it remains racially and economically segregated, manifesting inequities and silos in the arts, as in every aspect of life. This segregation creates disparities in opportunities, funding, leadership, and critical coverage for artists and organizations. How can our stories generate dynamics for a more racially just arts community?

Houston’s Center for the Healing of Racism will facilitate a dialogue to begin an exploration of our racial conditioning and empower ourselves to be agents of change. The Houston-based conversation will focus on identifying various forms of racism using examples from recent news articles and artist projects. This session values deep listening and sharing community knowledge and experience. Both folks with experience and those new to conversations on racism and equity are encouraged to participate.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
Archival Video (Vimeo)
Confronting Racism in the Arts: Additional Resources for Continued Reflection & Discussion (PDF)

LINKS TO DOCUMENTS SHARED IN THE SESSION:
Identifying Various Forms of Racism (PDF)
Guidelines for Sharing and Listening Poem (PDF)