From the Executive Director

Dear CultureSource Members,

In my community work outside of CultureSource, I've fortuitously been immersed in new, sometimes challenging ideas related to diversity, equity, and inclusion:

  • Arts Midwest has engaged Team Dynamics to help explore and consider identities and privilege across our work. (As a board member, I got an insightful individual consultation about my IDI profile.)
  • The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies just hosted a day-long training by Race Forward on racism in the US, examining history, context, and language.
  • Washtenaw Coordinated Funders locally contracted NEW to lead an implicit bias workshop for volunteers prior to our 2018 biennial grant review.

I hope the skilled and talented consultants mentioned can be resources to you.

My own reading has complemented these in-person sessions, too: an eye-opening book on visual intelligence by Amy Herman and a provocative article in The Week magazine about whether the concept of implicit bias excuses racism.

Lots of information.

What I love about our field is that rather than all of our friends and neighbors needing similar in-depth trainings and readings, they can just go to your theaters, exhibitions, concerts, galleries, or festivals. Through your work, you get to help people think differently, enhance empathy, and connect with diverse communities, and you all have impressive capacity to support a civil society and inspire people to creatively express themselves. Go for it!

Cheers,
Omari