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 of 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 presents a racial equity workshop:
White Fragility: Building White Racial Stamina with Robin DiAngelo
This half-day workshop creates deeper understanding around the concept of White Fragility - the inability for white people to tolerate racial stress, preventing them from engaging constructively across race.
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 2 - 6 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Suite 1600
700 5th Ave, Seattle
Pre-registration is required. Register here: www.brownpapertickets.com
If you are an artist or work for an arts or cultural organization, please contact Kathy Hsieh at Kathy.Hsieh@seattle.gov or 206-733-9926 about scholarships to attend for free.
Arts Corps presents an equity workshop on:
Gender/Sexism & Intersectionality
Part of their Race and Social Justice Series, this session explores the effects of Sexism and the difference between sex, and gender, and the gender spectrum. Facilitated by Molly Pencke Program Manager at Powerful Voices.
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Youngstown's Thelma DeWitty Theater
4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
SIS Productions presents:
Inclusive Casting Workshop
Learn more effective strategies for reaching actors of color. Eliminate barriers that are preventing you from reaching the acting talent you seek. Understand casting through a racial equity lens. This free interactive workshop will include lecture presentation, small group work, and panel Q & A, and is ideal for Artistic Directors, Directors, Casting people, Producers, Actors, Educators and Students.
Two separate sessions of the workshop are available:
- Thursday, May 7, 1 - 4 p.m. at the Seattle Rep
- Tuesday, May 19, 7 - 10 p.m. at the Center House Theatre
Pre-registration is requested: www.brownpapertickets.com
Presented by SIS Productions with in-kind support from The Seattle Repertory Theatre and Theatre Puget Sound.
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.