The Office of Arts & Culture is an active participant in the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), an effort of Seattle City government to realize the vision of racial equity. The Initiative works within City government and with community leaders to get to the root cause of racial inequity: institutional racism. RSJI is led by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and an interdepartmental team of City staff. Seattle's Mayor, City Council, and City Attorney all endorse and promote RSJI.
Provided here are resources and events related to this work. This list is not intended to be comprehensive; if you believe that an important resource is missing, please email us.
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Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) presents a two-day training with follow-up on racial equity for representatives of arts and cultural organizations:
Racial Equity Learning Cohort—Turning Commitment into Action
This two-day learning cohort offers arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity—both within their organizations and through their work in and with community—into actions for tangible change. The Community Institute two-part intensive training session, Turning Commitment into Action, will give representatives the opportunity to develop skills to address perceived and actual barriers to racial equity within their organizations and the arts and cultural sector. This is the third offering of this cohort.
Pre-registration is required; for a description and full list of requirements visit Turning Commitment into Action.
Monday, September 28, 5 - 9 p.m.
Location in Seattle, TBD
Wednesday, September 30, 5 - 9 p.m.
Location in Seattle, TBD
The cohort includes these required sessions:
- Two half-day training sessions: Monday, September 28, 5 - 9 p.m.; Wednesday, September 30, 5 - 9 p.m. Following these sessions and before the third session, four hours of work, the bulk of which will be done with the other people from your group.
- A follow-up session to develop your racial equity plans, explore tools and learn from peers' successes and challenges: Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- A final session to assess progress and plan adjustments to strategies and tactics: Wednesday, November 18, 5 - 9 p.m.
- Additional sessions, optional and strongly recommended, may be added to maximize learning and support.
Registration opens June 8 at 9 a.m. and closes August 11 at 5 p.m.
Questions contact Diana Falchuk at 206.498.5949
The American Friends Service Committee and People's Institute Northwest Present
THE 27th TYREE SCOTT FREEDOM SCHOOL
In Beacon Hill, South Seattle. Aug 3-7, 10 - 4:30 p.m.
- Roots of poverty
- Know your rights with the police
- Prison industrial complex
- The history you're not taught in schools
- History of organizing in Seattle
- How to make non-violent social change
Freedom School is for youth ages 15 - 23 to learn about racism and organize to undo it through field trips, speakers and elders. learn community organizing skills, listen about and share culture. Free to attend. Free lunch and snacks. To be a part of this year's Freedom School please email DWashington@afsc.org to request an application and submit no later than July 10th 2015 by mail to 814 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA 98105 or by e-mail to DWashington@afsc.org.
Space is limited to 25 students, so apply quick! Questions? Contact Dustin Washington at 206.632.0500 ext14 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Human Rights Council of the United Nations - Report
The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity
International news and info about artistic freedom of expression
Inclusive Outreach and Engaging Diverse Audiences
Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts Resource List for Diversity In the Arts
The Alliance serves as an expert advocate and educational resource for full inclusion in theatre, film, television, and related media.
Center for Social Inclusion (CSI)
Communication tools, strategies and leadership develop to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion
A selection of tools for different purposes, curated and developed by national experts
Western States Center
Free tools and other resources for achieving racial, gender and economic justice
Non-profit Anti-racism Coalition (NPARC)
Seattle-based resource for technical assistance and collective learning
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Research and recommendations on the intersection of race, geography and opportunity, including Areas of Opportunity Maps
Formerly The Applied Research Center; research, tools and best practices
News & analysis, investigation & action; run by Race Forward
Strategy, Research & Vision for Racial Justice
Race the Power of an Illusion
PBS/California News Reel video series and website on the history of the social construct of race and the pseudo-science that supported it. Streams free through Seattle Public Library (with valid Library card).
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
A film by Shakti Butler
Racial equity leaders talk about personal experiences with and social patterns for race, racism and racial equity.
Social impact through film and dialogue, this site offers resources and materials to help deepen the conversation on race.