Calgary Arts Development is committed to bettering our systems regarding equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA).
On June 14, 2020 Calgary Arts Development posted a Black Lives Matter statement. One of the action items in the statement was to convene a virtual town hall on June 17, specifically to discuss the issues around anti-Blackness, the deep-seated racism that exists within our communities and systems, and how we can further develop anti-racist policies and practices governing our work. A recording of that town hall can be found on our website. Calgary Arts Development President & CEO Patti Pon provided answers to some of the questions posed, but was unable to get to all of them. This resulted in a commitment to a second anti-racism gathering on July 2 from 1-2:30 PM MST.
The purpose of the July 2 town hall is to use the unanswered questions as an initial starting point for deeper conversations, possible actions, and decisions as we deal with current inequities in the sector and work with a broader community toward positive action.
We would like to hear what is already being done, and what more should be done. This will help us understand the ground we need to traverse to move from incremental steps to transformational strategies. All of these within the context of opportunities and challenges we collectively face in the current situation. There is work to be done and we cannot do this work alone. We call for the solidarity of all artists, arts workers, and arts champions to help build, nurture, and evolve an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible arts sector in Calgary.
ASL Interpretation will be provided as well as closed captioning.
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