As an organization, Calgary Arts Development has committed ourselves to bettering our systems regarding equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). This summer Calgary Arts Development is hosting a series of virtual town halls to discuss issues around 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.
On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, our town hall focuses on vocabulary (words and their underlying concepts and examined experiences) as a response to suggestions and recommendations from the previous sessions. We’ll be using this to create starting points for a deeper collective discussion and actions to build EDIA in the arts sector and in Calgary moving forward.
We will be joined by Dr. Brea Heidelberg <https://www.americansforthearts.org/users/5916> and Ruby Lopez Harper <https://www.americansforthearts.org/about-americans-for-the-arts/staff/ruby-lopez-harper> to build our understanding of race and anti-racist vocabulary with a focus towards how these concepts apply in the arts.
Ask now! If there are specific words or concepts you have questions about and you would like the Calgary Arts Development team to think about ahead of time, please send them to email@example.com. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions during the event.
The July 29 virtual town hall takes place through Zoom from 3:00 to 4:30pm MDT and will be interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL) with a live transcription available.
Registering for this town hall confirms that you have read and agree to our group agreements <https://calgaryartsdevelopment.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/CADA-GroupAgreements-2020.pdf> as amended for this meeting. If you have questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anti-racism virtual town halls will take place on Wednesdays July 15; July 29; August 12; and August 26 from 3:00 to 4:30pm MDT.