May 20, 2021 – Annual Membership Meeting Day 2
Day 2 features DJ: CQQCHIFRUIT
From Normalizing Intentions and Analysis to Action
Session Description: Participate in a panel discussion between representatives of the Saint Paul Public Library, Port of Seattle, and Arlington County Human Services as they share their experiences and takeaways leading integral work in normalization and staff training, intentional program design, and data analysis. Learn how these three jurisdictions crossed the starting line and developed concrete designs that you can implement in your organization.
Elevate BIPOC Experiences with Storytelling & Decision-making
Hear about the ways that Durham’s “Our Community Stories” and Boulder’s Recovery Equity Connectors programs help workers and community members to learn about and center histories and lived experiences within their cities.
In July, the City of Durham began “Our Community Stories” – a monthly event featuring the stories of historically Black communities. Residents shared the joys and sorrows from their neighborhoods as well as the generational trauma that continues – from slavery to Urban Renewal to gentrification. This series began as a chance for City staff to understand more about Durham communities – to see the fuller story of communities of color. These stories have also helped bring more context and awareness to communities struggling with gentrification today.
Boulder’s Recovery Equity Connectors (RECs) are a team of stipend-based BIPOC community members who have been instrumental in centering the lived experiences of communities of color throughout the City of Boulder’s COVID-19 recovery decision-making. This team of community members, who partner with the city to build trust and strengthen the relationship between underrepresented communities and city government, have proven essential in gathering qualitative data and feedback, surfacing urgent community issues, sharing perspective, and leading to shifts in budgets and priorities as our community recovers.
Participants will leave this session with tangible tools in-hand, having heard from community members directly, and with a draft action plan for taking steps to advance racial equity throughout their own jurisdictions.
Restoring Land to Tribal Nations Through Property Policy
An interactive conversation on actualizing restoration of property to Tribal Nations through municipal policy. This session stresses the importance of collaboration between Municipalities and Tribal Nations to create new policies based on Racial Equity and Restoration. With a strong emphasis on not allowing the ideal of perfection to get in the way of progress and true reparation, we will engage a conversation on how our jurisdictions worked together to achieve historic policies and land transfers to address the misappropriation of land from our Tribal partners. Discussion topics include: Creating property policy using an equity framework; Examples of Tribal/Municipal collaboration to develop equitable processes; Focusing on Progress, not Perfection; Utilizing past symbolic actions to build momentum for historic power shifts; Tools needed for the inevitable push-back from those historically holding power in our communities; How to translate our actions and policies to other forms of reparation.
Essential Arts Education: Government, COVID & Racial Equity
More than a year since the US went into lockdown, the pandemic has confirmed the essential nature of particular services: healthcare, public transportation, utilities, and more. Yet, our emphasis on maintaining critical functions has come at the cost of decimated social programming. Artists and creatives have seen gigs canceled, seasons postponed, venues shuttered, and audiences evaporate. Educators struggle to adapt while continuing to educate, reckoning with maintaining standards despite disengaged and under-socialized students. Indeed, the pandemic has intensified culture workers’ vulnerability and confused teachers’ educational practices, even while entertainment streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney Plus boast substantial profits.
Countering these troubling trends, this panel draws on the experience of three arts administrators to show how the arts and arts education are essential for racial equity-driven governmental responses to COVID. Working in government arts administration and advocacy in San Francisco, Seattle, and Maryland, the panelists provide important insights into how arts education grantmaking, programming, and advocacy have been vital during the pandemic for the well-being and long-term recovery of these jurisdictions. Each panelist will provide an overview of racial equity-driven arts education COVID responses that have unfolded in their jurisdictions, as well as describing what lessons they have learned regarding arts education, crisis response, and racial equity. Attendees can expect to leave the session with a concrete understanding of how to re-center racially equitable arts education practices in their own jurisdictions, as the country slowly but surely emerges from the pandemic.
Using GIS Technology for Equity, Healing and Justice
Session Description: Using GIS platforms, this session will highlight the City of Seattle’s Equity Index and City of Chicago’s Together We Heal project.
3:30 – 5:00 pm EST/12:30-2 pm PST – Keynote Conversation, “Confronting the Truth: A Keynote Conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones creator of the landmark 1619 Project”